How to Use an RC1 Remote Shutter Release With a Canon Rebel


Capturing photographs of our families and friends is an important way to cherish lifelong memories. Whether it is birthday parties or sporting events, having a photograph helps us relive our most precious moments. However, with all the time spent behind the camera, the photographer is often missing from the photos. By using a remote shutter release to take photos, such as the RC1 by Canon, the photographer can get out from behind the lens and join the family in these important photographs.

Things You'll Need

  • Tripod
  • Set up a tripod and attach the camera to it. In order to use the remote shutter release, the camera has to be sturdily supported. The remote shutter release is a device that sends an infrared signal to the camera, telling it to take a photograph. Without a tripod to hold the camera, it will be difficult to properly compose your photographs and impossible to ensure the camera does not move while taking the photo.

  • Turn on the camera. With the camera on, select the shutter release or time delay mode. The Canon Rebel has a built-in receiver for the infrared signal sent by the RC1 remote, and once the camera is in the time delay mode, no further action is required to activate this functionality.

  • Set the RC1 remote's mode to the "Dot" setting. The remote has three mode settings. "L" represents the lock setting, which disables shutter releases, to prevent accidental signaling. The "Dot" is the standard operating mode that causes the camera to take the photo the instant the remote shutter release is pressed. The "2" represents a two-second delay between the time you press the shutter release and when the photo is taken. This is handy for instances when you are in the photo, and wish to hide the remote before the photo is captured.

  • Press the shutter release button on the remote when the subject is in position and you are happy with the composition. This will send the signal to the camera, and the camera will then take a photograph.

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