Camera self timers are great. I was recently part of a group photo where someone was trying to set up her smart phone to take a picture of all of us. It was hilarious watching her attempt to balance the phone on a chair so it was accurately aimed at the group and then run to us quickly so she could be in the shot. Luckily, everything worked out for the best and we were all smiling as we should have been.
I’m not sure of the features my friend’s phone had installed on it, but I can tell you that when it comes to Canon Rebel DSLR cameras, you’ve got pretty much all you’ll ever need. There’s a 10 second timer, a two second timer and a continuous timer where the camera sets the timer at 10 seconds and allows you to determine how many continuous photos you’d like it to take. This feature is designed to compensate for group shots where a single person or multiple people may be blinking or sneezing or any other action that you don’t necessarily want in the photo. If you set the number of shots to, say, five, there’s a chance that at least one of those photos will be the winner.
In today’s post, I’d like to demonstrate exactly how to set the self timer for the Canon Rebel DSLR line of cameras. While the controls may be slightly different for each iteration of the Rebel line, these instructions apply to the T2i, T3i, T4i, T5i, T6i and the T7i.
Setting the Timer
To access the timer controls, I’ll push the left arrow button on the back of my camera.
Once I do that, the Drive Mode menu will appear and the timer options will show in the list of total options.
From here, if I have touch screen, I can simply touch the timer option I’m interested in and then press the SET button on the back of the camera to accept those changes. If I don’t have touch screen, I can navigate back and forth by pushing the left and right arrow buttons.
Whichever method I employ, I’ll need to push the SET button to activate my setting and to return to regular shooting mode.
With these cameras, there are three different self timer modes. I’ll describe them down below.
Self Timer: 10 Second: Great for setting up a camera and then joining the group to participate in the photograph.
Self Timer: 2 Second: This option is perfect when using a tripod. Set the timer to two seconds to avoid any excess camera shake that may occur from touching the shutter button.
Self Timer: Continuous: As I stated above, if you’re trying to avoid someone having their eyes closed while the photo is being taken, you can set the timer to continuous. This setting will activate a 10 second timer and will take the number of shots you dictate. To tell the camera how many photos to take, use the up and down arrows to change that specific number, while in the Drive Mode menu area.
Once you change the timer setting and press the shutter button to take a photo, a light will blink on the front of the camera to tell you that it’s progressing through the time sequence. The audible beeps will hasten towards the end of the timer duration until the photograph is captured. Also, I want to mention that in order to access this menu the way I discussed above, you’ll need to be in viewfinder mode. If you’re looking at the scene through the rear LCD screen and you push the self timer button, all you’ll do is move the white box that’s in that screen to the left.
If you have any questions regarding this operation, please let me know in the comment section down below or in the Camera Forums. Thanks for reading!