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How to Make a DIY Foot Pedal Remote Shutter Release

I have been looking into shooting other sports outside of the motorsport world, and I have been particularly interested in soccer, basketball, and baseball. After doing some research, I found that some sports shooters covering these type of events use different remote trigger setups such as foot pedals and cable release buttons.

When I setup remotes, I usually have the PocketWizard with me and one mounted to the remote camera, and I press the test button on the PocketWizard to fire the remote camera. But these guys take it a step further and use something like what I am about to show you to have complete control over your remote cameras while still having two hands on your main camera.

Here are the steps I took to build my foot pedal remote shutter release, I also included links to the products I used.

Items Needed

Putting It Together

Once you have the parts together, assembly and testing are pretty easy.

Connect the Sustain Pedal to the 3.5mm to 6.3mm Adapter.

Connect the Adapter to the first PocketWizard. You can use an extension cable like this one if you need more reach, but the pedal comes with a good length of cable.

Connect the Shutter Release Cable to the second PocketWizard.

Here’s the finished product:

Connect the shutter release cable to the camera, and test it out! (Excuse the cell phone video.)

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