How can I take a self-portrait without using a remote?

My camera is a Canon Powershot SX210 IS. I do not have a remote, but I do have a tripod.

  • \$\begingroup\$ @mattdm Alright, I'll delete it out of here and create a new one. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 23, 2011 at 13:53

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A timer. Your camera should have a timer. In fact your camera should have what it calls a 'FaceSelf-Timer' I believe.

In general, with a timer - you set you camera to take a picture after a predetermined set of time (like 2 or 10 seconds). You press the button, hop in front of the camera, and it takes the picture after the number of seconds.

A'FaceSelf-Timer', a Canon feature, takes a picture a number of seconds (2 I believe) after it detects your face. So you the camera in that mode, press the button, hop in front of the camera, it takes your picture two seconds after it detects your face.

Some general self portrait tips can be found here and here.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I did not know that some Canons have that feature. I've owned dozens of Canon point and shoots, never knew that. \$\endgroup\$
    – dpollitt
    Commented Sep 22, 2011 at 20:11
  • \$\begingroup\$ Actually, I am referring to "manual focus"? How to achieve sharp eyes? Don't want to rely on auto-focus. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 23, 2011 at 0:37
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Anisha ...uh what?Where does you question mention that? why would a remote matter? In that case, just read photo.stackexchange.com/questions/6923/… \$\endgroup\$
    – rfusca
    Commented Sep 23, 2011 at 0:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ I didn't think there was any need to mention that. Reason: Portraits are all about sharp eyes, I think. I'll look into the link. :) \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 23, 2011 at 0:42

You may be able to "tether" your camera to your computer and control it that way... including snapping the shutter.

Not every camera will do this though.


A Mirror can help you produced some interesting shots.
There's nothing that says "I'm a photographer" better than a shot of you taking a picture :)

... Obviously, you'll probably be covering part of your face, so might not be what you want, but it's worth trying.


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