My first time using a DSLR remote control

I’ve been wanting a DSLR remote control for some time. Although my husband usually takes great photos, sometimes he’s just not in the mood and that comes through in the resulting images lol. So, I finally bought myself a DSLR remote control for my Nikon D3200.


The other day I used it for the first time. Let’s just say, I’m still learning and it’s going to be some time until I’ve cracked it lol. Before buying the DSLR remote control online, I did a brief investigation and discovered that I needed an ML-L3. Turns out this remote control isn’t so easy to track down within the EU (I’m avoiding buying from the UK since Brexit because Customs are having a field day!). Luckily, I eventually found one for sale from El Corte Ingles and it duly arrived last week.

After viewing several YouTube videos on how it actually works, I got cracking with my ancient tripod and Nikon camera. It was raining, so I started off indoors. And after half an hour, I was a bit frustrated lol…

Oh dear

I blurred most of the photos from where I’d set the focus on the chair and not the spot in front of it. And in the rest of them, my head was out of shot lol. Plus, the DSLR remote control wouldn’t always work unless I pointed it directly at the camera! Most of the photos, therefore, featured the remote control in full view. But… I persevered…

I ended up getting a few good shots, despite my obvious lack of skill, and lack of decent light. But the results aren’t half bad, really. I’m actually quite looking forward to having another go. Surely I can only get better, right?

The outfit

As for my outfit, everything I’m wearing is pretty old. I wanted to wear something bright, and the electric blue jumper cried out to me. It came from a local Chinese shop a few years ago. I love these wide-legged trousers from Mango, and prefer to wear them with trainers (these are Skechers). The long grey cardigan is one of those things that people either love or hate. Personally, I think it’s fabulous (although it’s looking well worn now!). I bought it from Massimo Dutti about five years ago. The fabulous yellow scarf has been sitting in my wardrobe for a few years and I can’t even recall where I got it from. The yellow necklace, however, is a different story. It was a gift from mother-in-law a year ago. She bought me a blue one too!

My hair

My hair is getting quite long now and I’m unsure what I want to do with it. I’m not prepared to go super short again (although I reckon I will at some point in time lol). When I started growing it again, my aim was for a long style, below the shoulders and perhaps with a fringe. But I’m having second thoughts. Not that it matters right now because lockdown means we’re all having to cut our own hair and I’m not prepared to do that again! So, for now, it stays long. Which means I can have fun with pigtails! I haven’t had pigtails for a while. Fun, right? I love experimenting like this and I think everybody should have fun with their hair, clothes, nails, whatever—life’s too short to be boring!

Do you use a DSLR remote control for your own blog / Instagram photography? Do you have any tips and tricks? Please leave a comment below and let me know!

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18 responses to “My first time using a DSLR remote control”

  1. Andrea Nine says:

    I take 95% of my pics by remote. You did a great job. Have a lovely weekend! You look fabulous in that blue too!!

  2. mireilleftm says:

    I am impressed! I have my kids take my pics but when it gets warmer, I am going to try to take pics with my remote again using my phone (got a new phone so the quality of my pictures has improved). I probably should get a tripod and remote for my real camera that sits in my closet.

  3. I have a Nikon as well and my images with the remote were always hit or miss. I started using my cell as a remote and game changer. The focus is great, but I need to work on my expressions. LOL My RBF is strong. By the way, I love the outfit. You look so comfortable and cozy.

  4. Nancy says:

    Well those are pretty good Suzy! I ordered a tripod and, haven’t received it yet, I think it will take me a long time before I get the hand of it!

  5. Ashley says:

    These remotes can be so finicky and tough to learn at first- I think for your first try, you did great! And the bright blue is SO pretty here!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  6. Rena says:

    I have a remote that works with my smartphone that I use occasionally when I don’t want to bother my husband for a quick photo. Sometimes, I feel a little more free to try some more unusual poses when I’m by myself. The good thing is that digital firm is much cheaper than old school film, LOL. Go crazy and have fun with it.


    • Suzy says:

      It is a bit easier to try out some different poses without the husband there, isn’t it? Mine always makes me crack up lol!
      Thanks so much for stopping by, Rena!
      Suzy xx

  7. Hah… I subscribed to your blog posts by email. (Feeling very content about this.) Because, now I am commenting 9 days after you posted.
    About the remote… I used to use it all the time when I began blogging, always having the roof gutter of the neighbours’ shed behind my head.
    I wonder whether there is a delay setting on your remote. Because that would mean you can hide your remote.
    With my Samsung camera I have my iPhone as remote, but I have never used it, so no idea how it works. As I don’t have enougth space or light to use the camera in the house or in the garden, I stopped using the remote. In the old days, I schlepped the camera and the tripod to a nice park and found out the hard way why you should always bring an extra battery. You should have heard me swear.
    As for the focus… I am afraid you will have to buy an inflatable woman and put her in your place while you focus. I understand they call it a Blow-up Barbara hahaha. Oh and you will have to dress her in the same outfit (or colours) as the outfit you are wearing because of the light etc. Which you will never do.

    • Suzy says:

      LOL Oh Greetje, you really made me laugh!!!! A blow up Barbara?!! LOL!! He He He
      I can totally imagine you swearing after realising you needed a spare battery. I hadn’t even thought of that. But then I’ve only been taking photos around my home. But it is something to bear in mind!
      Thank you for subscribing to my posts, lovely!
      Suzy xx

  8. Suzy says:

    LOL Oh Greetje, you really made me laugh!!!! A blow up Barbara?!! LOL!! He He He
    I can totally imagine you swearing after realising you needed a spare battery. I hadn’t even thought of that. But then I’ve only been taking photos around my home. But it is something to bear in mind!
    Thank you for subscribing to my posts, lovely!
    Suzy xx

  9. Sugar Lane says:

    Oh, remote control is so amazing! My husband hates the camera, so I have to use the remote sometimes…
    Luckily I can use my phone as a remote for my new camera, so it makes focusing so much easier!
    have a great week,

    • Suzy says:

      I keep hearing about using the phone as a remote control. I wonder if I could get mine to work! It sounds like a great idea!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      Suzy xx

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