How to Use Self-Timer Shooting on Your Nikon D5300 - dummies

How to Use Self-Timer Shooting on Your Nikon D5300

By Julie Adair King

You’re probably familiar with Self-Timer mode, which delays the shutter release, allowing you to dash into the picture. Here’s how it works on the D5300: After you press the shutter button, the AF-assist lamp on the front of the camera starts to blink, and the camera emits a series of beeps. A few seconds later, the camera captures the image.

By default, the camera waits ten seconds after you press the shutter button and then records a single image. But you can tweak the delay time and capture as many as nine shots at a time. Set your preferences by using the Self-Timer option, found in the Timers/AE Lock section of the Custom Setting menu. Here’s what you need to know about the two settings:


  • Self-Timer Delay: Choose a delay time of 2, 5, 10, or 20 seconds. The selected delay time appears with the Self-Timer symbol in the Information and Live View displays.

  • Number of Shots: Specify how many frames you want to capture with each press of the shutter button; the maximum is nine. When you record multiple frames, shots are taken at 4-second intervals.

Two more points about self-timer shooting:

  • After the specified number of shots are captured, the camera resets the Release mode to Single Frame, Quiet, or Continuous Low or High. Turning off the camera also resets the release mode. Either way, the camera selects the Release mode you used before Self-Timer mode.

  • Cover the viewfinder during self-timer shooting. Otherwise, light may seep into the camera through the viewfinder and affect exposure. Your camera comes with a cover made just for this purpose. Remove the rubber eyepiece that surrounds the viewfinder, and then insert the cover in its place.