When I try to take a picture using the timer, sometimes the indicator doesn't blink so I have to click the shutter a couple of times for it to start counting. Why is that? I'm using a Nikon D5200 with the 18-55mm lens kit.

  • Are you waiting for it to get a focus lock before fully depressing the shutter? I am fairly sure you need to pre-focus (ie it doesnt autofocus just before taking the shot) – Digital Lightcraft Aug 5 '15 at 10:19
  • @DigitalLightcraft That must be it, I think. Thank you. I'm fairly new to photography, does it mean I should just keep pressing it until I get a focus lock? Don't I have to do anything else? – lxcky Aug 5 '15 at 10:26
  • no, you need to HALF-depress the shutter, it will focus, then you fully depress to start the timer, EXACTLY as you should be doing to take any normal shot. – Digital Lightcraft Aug 5 '15 at 10:27
  • @DigitalLightcraft okay thank you so much. Will try it later as soon as I get home. – lxcky Aug 5 '15 at 10:31
  • no problems, I have made an answer below, please mark it as correct if it solves your problem :-) – Digital Lightcraft Aug 5 '15 at 10:32

It sounds like you are not waiting for the camera to get a focus lock before fully depressing the shutter - as per taking normal photos you need to HALF-depress the shutter, wait for focus (at your desired point) and then fully depress to start the timer.

If you are struggling to find a focus point at your desired distance, you could always use manual focus mode instead.

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