Professional photographers understand that to take quality photos with the least amount of camera shake is to use a camera stabilizer, a tripod or any camera stabilizing system, a cable release or remote shutter release. The combination of the items mentioned will eliminate the movement of your body out of the equation when you are taking photos. The cable release or remote shutter release is the cheapest equipment yet very handy tool that you will probably find in your photography bag. A cable release is a cable that is plugged into the side of the digital camera and has a control button on the other end that when pushed it will control the shutter of the camera. While a remote shutter is an infrared button that when pressed, it remotely trigger your shutter release. Before comparing when to use a cable release and when to use a remote shutter release, let’s look at the reasons why you’d want to use either one first. Camera shake is the main reason why you want to use either a cable or remote release. When your camera mounts on a camera stabilizer system, it is best to use either one of them because you already have your DLSR camera steady. But we usually tend to forget that when we depress the shutter release with our fingers, we’re applying pressure on the camera that can result in camera shake, and therefore, blurred images. For tack-sharp images, the combination of a camera stabilizer and remote or cable release are just about required. You will typically use this in low light scenarios such as sunset or sunrise, poorly lit room, wedding, sporting events and landscapes. The constant of the three is the camera stabilizer. Whether you go with a cable release or a remote shutter release, it is important you have a camera stabilizing system. Of course there will be exceptions when you’re winging it and may need to lay your camera on a stable surface if you don’t have any camera stabilizer with you. Regardless, you still want your camera to be stable.