Remote Camera Trigger
When you physically can not be in a position to take a photo yourself or you're shooting a wedding and you'd like a second point of view, remote camera is the ideal solution. Whether it be outdoor/wildlife photography, sports photography, wedding photography or you're simply pushing the boundaries of your creativity, learning how to trigger a remote camera is essential. The following tutorials by Joe Brady and Mark Wallace, will provide you with the necessary information to learn the basics of remote camera triggering with PocketWizard radios.
Here's what you'll need:
A) PocketWizard Transmitting radio
B) PocketWizard Receiving radio
C) PocketWizard Remote Camera Cable
The transmitting PocketWizard radio can be a MiniTT1, FlexTT5, MultiMAX, Plus II, Plus III or PlusX and can either be:
A) in the hot shoe of a camera in your hands*
B) or just in your hand ready to trigger the remote camera
* - if you are a wedding shooter or a sports shooter and you'd like to fire two cameras at the same time (the one in your hand and the remote one), then you'd put the transmitting radio in the hot shoe of the camera in your hands.
The receiving PocketWizard radio can be a FlexTT5, MultiMAX, Plus II, Plus III or PlusX and can be placed in the hot shoe of a remote camera or in a bracket next to it. A PocketWizard Remote Camera Cable is required to trigger the shutter release of the remote camera. Different camera bodies have different remote camera connectors and require different cables. To find the right cable for your particular camera, you can use the Cable Finder.
Remote Camera Triggering with the PlusX, Plus III, Plus II and MultiMAX:
In the above photo, a Plus III, Plus II, FlexTT5 or MultiMAX can be substituted for either the transmitting radio or the receiving radio. A MiniTT1 can only be substituted for the transmitting radio.
The video below with Mark Wallace is a quick introduction to remote triggering with ControlTL radios. For complete details, including which cable you need, visit our Wiki page and the accompanying PWTV video.
Go to 23:40 in the below video to learn how to use the Plus III or PlusX to fire a remote camera.
At 25:54 in the above video, you can learn to fire remote flashes in sync with a remote camera or click here to learn more about Auto-Relay Mode.
Remote Camera Triggering with the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5:
As with other PocketWizard radios, you can use the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 to trigger a remote camera. the transmitting radio can either be a MiniTT1 or a FlexTT5. The receiving radio on your remote camera can be a FlexTT5 or any other PocketWizard receiving radio with a camera port.
If you’re using a FlexTT5 as the radio on your remote camera, make sure to use the appropriate -ACC cable. You can use a normal or pre-release cable for remote cameras triggered by standard PocketWizard radios (see the Special Note below for using standard or -P cables with the FlexTT5). Click here for the PocketWizard Cable Finder to find the cable specific to your camera and flash.
Attach a FlexTT5 to the remote camera’s hot shoe. Use an -ACC remote camera cable to connect the camera port (P1) on the FlexTT5 to your camera’s motor drive release terminal.
Make sure to set the same channel on the receiving FlexTT5 on your remote camera and the transmitting PocketWizard radio. The transmitting PocketWizard radio can be triggered with the TEST button or attached to a camera in your hands.
If you slide a flash into the hot shoe of the remote camera's FlexTT5, it will fire to provide light for the exposure. The flash can be set to fire for E-TTL or manual. Click here to learn how to use Relay Mode to fire remote flashes in sync with a remote camera.
Press the TEST button on the transmitting PocketWizard radio or fire the camera in your hands. The remote camera will trigger at the same time.
REMOTE wake up of camera using a MultiMAX as a transmitter.
Using the MultiMAX as a transmitter enables you to remotely wake up a camera when it is connected to a FlexTT5 via an -ACC cable. Make sure your MultiMAX and FlexTT5 are set to transmit and receive on any Standard Channel between 17 and 32.
Toggling on the “A” Zone from the MultiMAX wakes up the remote camera connected to the FlexTT5 on Zone A. When the Zone is toggled ON, the camera behaves the same as it does when the camera’s shutter release is continuously half-pressed. The camera will respond more quickly and consistently, but it will also consume batteries faster.
Toggling OFF the “A” Zone button lets the remote camera go to sleep to save camera battery power.
Special Note: You can use a standard cable like the CM-N3 or a -P cable like the CM-N3-P. To do so, you must set the FlexTT5 to either Bottom Shoe Disable or Basic Trigger Mode. Using these modes you can also trigger camera models other than Canon with the FlexTT5 for Canon.