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What is Cable Release?

The Basics:

A cable release is a device - generally a cord with an input on one end and a small remote on the other - that attaches to your camera and triggers the shutter to fire, as an alternative to pressing the shutter release button on your camera.

A Little More Detail:

Cable release is ideal if you’re shooting with a tripod, as it reduces the risk of ‘camera shake’ that can happen when the shutter button is depressed.