Shutter Releases


Introduction to Macro Photography


Lesson Info

Shutter Releases

Let's talk about now triggering the camera. So when you're taking photos by hand and you're pushing the shutter release with your finger, you're shaking that camera. You're actually causing the whole thing to vibrate. Even when it's on a nice, sturdy thousand dollar tripod like this, if you take your picture like that, you're shaking the camera. I encourage you to not click the camera from this position. Rather, what I want you to do is to use a cable release or a wireless remote and I'm gonna show you three different types here, of course, varying costs. The first one is just the cable release. You can find the OEM models from Nikon or Canon. This is a Nikon model, it's called the MC and I think this one cost me retail something like $50 or $60. But if you look online on all of the shopping sites that we all know and love, you can find something like this for probably $8.00 to $10.00. And what it does is, it plugs right in here to what's called the 10-pin connector, just like that. Th...

en when I take a picture, microphone, yep. It's just an easy way to take shots so you're not shaking the whole camera system. So that's one way and it doesn't have to be very expensive. The next way is an infrared remote. Most of the DSLRs now, like the Canon, like the Rebel series and then the Nikon, cameras like, you know the 5600, the D7200, those types of cameras, they all have an infrared receiver on the camera body and then we'll take a signal from an infrared remote. This little button here, you just push the button, triggers the camera, voila. Ten bucks, I think $12 for something like this, probably the least expensive, lowest technology way to go and it's not even very fiddley. I mean, it very rarely breaks down its operation. So, infrared remote. The next one, the next type of remote is this. I know it looks the same, but this is actually a radio trigger. It actually uses radio signals rather than infrared and radio's always more reliable than your infrared remotes. So, I suggest doing something like these little radio triggers if you want real consistent results. So, I just screw that one into the 10-pin like that and get it all connected. (camera clicking) Cool. And it'll shoot from the other side of the room. That's great and what that allows you do do now, let's say you are photographing some bug on a flower and you're waiting for that bug to come back to the flower. You can set up the camera and get it all ready, then you can move far away and so that bug's not intimidated by your presence and then you just start shooting when it makes sense. That's what I'll use here for the rest of the class, is this little remote. That's the radio trigger. And that's not $10 or $12 dollars. I don't remember how much that cost, but I'm gonna say a hundredish, maybe, $150, somewhere in that range. A there's other manufacturers that also sell that type thing.

Class Description

Learn how to unlock the fantastic world of macro photography. Instructor Mike Hagen details the gear, techniques, and software you’ll need to capture extreme detail in everything from flowers to insects to jewelry. Create larger than life images with intricate detail using methods that Mike clearly demonstrates in this class.


Amy Vaughn

Good class, but I want more. CreativeLive, please get Mike Hagen to come back to do a full 1-2 day macro class. I'd love to see a deeper exploration of all his macro gear, diy toys, demos of Helicon Focus and Zerene Stacker, and maybe showing live examples beyond flowers like bugs, abstracts and shooting through water.

ESther IGlich

A good intro course.I learned a lot in a short period of time, but really this class needs to be longer. It felt rushed. Would have liked to seen more on lighting specifically. However given the time Mike had to work in he did a great job and I enjoyed his insights.


I appreciated Mike's suggestions for DIY macro equipment. There is a lot of money you could save with those ideas alone. Great class and I agree ​it would be great to see more!