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iOS 5: Cable Releases for Photography iOS devices
If you're a photographer, then you know that a cable release is a tool to take a picture without touching your camera. Now, the iPhone can do this, too.

iOS 5 introduced many new features for photographers. Among these is the ability to use the Volume up button to take photos. As a result, the Volume up button on your headphones also works to take photos! It seems perfectly obvious that it should after the fact, but it's not something most of us are likely to try.

This means, every iPhone includes a free cable realease. This is huge for an iPhone photographer because the current shutter buttons aren't very good for keeping your phone steady. Interestingly, I've found that it's often much easier to get burst shots when using my headphones compared to just the volume up key.

Perhaps the best part is that this can be paired with Bluetooth devices! I'm not sure if every headset with volume controls will work (as the buttons need to map correctly to the iPhone), but if a Bluetooth headset can increase the iPhone's volume it should work.

What I have been able to confirm so far is that a Bluetooth keyboard is perfectly capable of acting as a remote. In addition, Joseph Linaschke over at ApertureExpert.com has said that his Bluetooth headset works as well, but I'm not sure which model.

Using a wireless remote opens up even more possibilites, especially when considering that the remote will start and stop video capture, or take self portraits which don't have your arm in the photo.

Hope someone else will make use of this for their iPhone photos.

[crarko adds: This is a great find. Please share the results of your device testing in the comments.]
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iOS 5: Cable Releases for Photography
Authored by: jettyboy on Nov 23, '11 09:13:35AM

Very cool hint! I tried it on my iphone4 & it works great. Thanks.



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iOS 5: Cable Releases for Photography
Authored by: kiltbear on Nov 23, '11 09:41:04AM

Cool, I didn't think to test it with BlueTooth headsets.

My Plantranic BT309+ does not work and my jawbone icon (which has no volume buttons) DNW either. :(



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iOS 5: Cable Releases for Photography
Authored by: squalene on Nov 23, '11 10:43:10AM

This works great on the iPod touch with my DSI KB-OR-1500BT mini bluetooth keyboard.



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iOS 5: Cable Releases for Photography
Authored by: cpragman on Nov 23, '11 02:14:57PM

This is a great tip, but there's two features that would also help A tripod mounting point in the phone. And a shutter delay timer.



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iOS 5: Cable Releases for Photography
Authored by: DCJ001 on Nov 25, '11 08:13:36AM

You need a Glif:

http://www.cultofmac.com/131786/studio-neat-announces-new-extras-to-go-with-your-glif/



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iOS 5: Cable Releases for Photography
Authored by: Mike Perry on Nov 24, '11 08:36:13AM

Great tip!.

It also works with Camera+, a third-party photo app that's added a volume-button shutter. And if someone is looking for a cable release that is shorter, cheaper, and simpler to manage than Apple's earphones, it also works with my iLuv remote adapter, which provides Apple-like controls for non-Apple earphones. For use as a shutter, you don't even need to have an earphone attached.

Just keep in mind that the iLuv remote doesn't tolerate much abuse. I quit using mine after it began behaving erratically. Used just as a camera remote, however, it should last longer and Amazon is selling them for about $6. Others also make remotes in the same price range that may be better built.



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iOS 5: Cable Releases for Photography
Authored by: macnixer on Nov 25, '11 07:16:18AM

Super. This should have been obvious but this is one great feature that we all missed. Thanks for sharing. Hope Apple does not take this away.



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iOS 5: Cable Releases for Photography
Authored by: chadvonnau on Nov 27, '11 01:00:36PM

Nice.



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iOS 5: Cable Releases for Photography
Authored by: nikonmom on Nov 28, '11 06:09:48PM

Being a photographer, I just love this new found feature on the iPhone! Thanks for sharing!



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iOS 5: Cable Releases for Photography
Authored by: Bee fish on Nov 29, '11 12:07:16AM

Awesome. I was just wishing for this very thing today. Never thought to try the volume button on th earphones. I'm going to try my Motorola SR9 tomorrow! That would be incredibly useful..listen to strereo music, answer calls and shutter release with the same BT headset. Cool



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iOS 5: Cable Releases for Photography
Authored by: drx44420 on Dec 21, '11 07:45:08PM

I tried using the iLuv remote adapter as a cable release on my iPhone 4 with IOS 5.0.1, but nothing happened.

Any ideas?

Don



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