Home photography ideas: Take a family photo with Wi-Fi on your camera

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Since you’re stuck inside with the whole family, now is the perfect time to take an updated family photo – whether you want a new family portrait for the fireplace or want to document the lockdown you’re going through. with your roommates.

So how do you take a family photo and be in the moment at the same time? Well, there’s still the old trick of setting the self-timer and then dashing into the frame. But group shots are often fraught with enough difficulty without the extra effort involved, especially if you’re throwing kids and pets into the mix.

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However, there’s one feature that makes it much easier: there’s no rushing and no one has to be behind the camera. If your Canon has Wi-Fi capability and a companion app, you can connect to it wirelessly using your smartphone or tablet.

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This means you can see exactly what your camera sees, set a focus point, adjust your exposure settings, and take the shot, all without having to step near the camera.

As such, it’s the ideal shooting setup for a family selfie, as you can get everyone in position and take the shot at just the right moment, without having to resort to anything as haphazard as a retarder.

Whether it’s Canon Camera Connect, Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility, Olympus Image Share or others, these proprietary apps connect to the WiFi signal generated by your camera, so most WiFi-enabled smartphones and tablets will work. So relegate the old self-timer and dash routine to history and take your group selfies the smart way!

Prepare your shot

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01 Pose the group

Set up on a tripod and get everyone into position. A simple plain background, like the white wall here, works well. Squeeze everyone close together, then compose the frame loosely. Depending on how much space you have, you’ll probably want to shoot around the widest angle possible to fit everything in – the wide end of a standard zoom should do the trick.

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02 Light up the scene

Solid lighting is important for group photos. Everyone should be evenly lit, so if in natural light, wait for overcast skies or find some shade. Indoors, use a large window or try a flash or home studio kit.

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03 Set mode

Set whatever exposure mode you’re comfortable with – we used Manual for full control – but think about depth of field, as you’ll need enough to record everyone sharply. Here we have an aperture of f/11.

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04 Take the picture

Connect your smartphone to the camera (see above the page) then get into position. Ask everyone to pose well and take the picture. If you don’t want to be photographed while holding a phone, set a delay of 2 seconds and then hide it.

Control your camera with your phone

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01 Install the app

Go to the Apple App Store or Google Play Store on your device and search for your camera manufacturer’s app. Don’t open it yet because it won’t work; first we need to connect the camera.

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02 Enable Wi-Fi

These steps vary by camera brand, but are basically the same across the board. Go to the Wi-Fi setting in your camera’s menu system and enable it.

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03 Create a signal

Some cameras will ask you to specify the type of device you want to connect to, in order for the camera to create an appropriate WiFi network and encryption. At this point, the camera will display login information and may even display a QR code that you can scan on your phone (for easy login).

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04 Connect to Wi-Fi

On your phone or tablet, go to WiFi settings and find the network (SSID) created by and displayed on your camera (you may be asked to install a security certificate for your specific camera). Enter the displayed password/encryption information to login.

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05 Start remote shooting

Once the connection is confirmed, open the camera app on your device and choose the remote shooting option. This will now display the live camera view on your phone screen, and you can summon and manipulate the settings.

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06 Adjust camera settings

Depending on your app and camera mode, you can change aperture, shutter speed, ISO, focus point and drive mode – some apps even let you zoom in or out. objective, if it is electronic! Tap the screen to focus and tap the circle button to take the shot.

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