I just got my first DSLR, a Pentax KR along with a tripod and remote a few days ago. I'm a fashion blogger, so one thing that I usually do is to take pictures of what I wear and since I do not have the luxury of getting someone to help me with that, I got the tripod and remote to assist in that area.
However, when I tried the remote function out, I found the picture to be rather blurry. At first I thought there was something wrong with the dslr/settings, but after searching through the forum, I realized that taking your own self-portrait isn't as easy as it is on a pns camera.
The thread I saw that gave detailed tips on a taking a self-portrait was in 2008 (I have to admit I have not yet tried out their tips on manual focusing on the camera tripod first so I don't know how effective it is but I intend to test that method out), but I was wondering if there has been any recent updates on how to take a clear self-portrait without so many troublesome steps.
Also, I find that, for the remote, I have to hold it up and point it directly at the dslr. Just holding it by the side and pressing it wouldn't activate it. Is that normal? I've seen my friend use a remote on his dslr before and he did not have to point it so obviously to the dslr.