A remote camera is a camera placed by a photographer in areas where the photographer generally cannot be or for selfies. This includes areas with limited access, tight spaces where a person is not allowed, or just another angle so that the photographer can simultaneously take pictures of the same moment from different locations.Remote cameras are most widely used in sports photography. 35mm digital or film, and medium format cameras are the most common types of cameras that are used.
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The general list of items that are necessary to set up and use a remote camera are:
- A robust camera with automatic film advance or motor drive
- Mounting hardware
- Safety cables
- Triggering units and cables
- Gaffer tape & black wrap
Remote cameras placed in suspended positions usually are mounted with clamps and arms such as the Bogen Super Clamp and Variable Friction Arm, often referred to as "Magic Arms". The camera and lens are connected to the variable friction arm which is attached to the Super Clamp which in turn is secured to a fixed item such as a basketball post, hand railing, or rafter. Ground plates or tripods are typically used for remote cameras placed on the ground.
Remote cameras can be fired via hand triggers, sound triggers, radio transmitters (mainly Bluetooth shutters), or the self-timer built into the camera.
For remotes that are in close proximity to the photographer, hand or sound triggers can be used.
A hand trigger consists of a button or switch that is connected to the camera via a wire that is set to fire the camera's shutter.
For remotes that are placed away from the photographer, radio triggering systems such as Bluetooth shutter button, Pocket Wizards or Flash Wizards are used. A radio trigger consists of a button or switch that is connected to a radio triggering transmitter or transceiver which is set to fire a radio triggering receiver or transceiver that is connected to the camera via a wire that is set to fire the camera's shutter.
For rocket launches, including the Space Shuttle, remote cameras are triggered by the sound of the launch.
The number one priority with remotes should be safety for other people during the shoot. Steel safety cables should be used to secure each part of the remote camera to a secure fixture. Safety cables are made of braided steel cord with steel carabiners on each end. Also security boxes should be used to protect the remote camera from harm. Security boxes are made of heavy duty steel and are powder coated for durability. These boxes also typically come with locking channels to defend against theft.