Photo Challenge – “Self Portrait” Ft. WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter

– 9/15/17 –


Todays photo challenge requires me to take a self portrait with my Nikon D3200. I have been trying to master self portraits for some time now…you know, getting the camera situated somewhere steady (if you dont have a tripod), finding an object to use for focusing purposes, putting on self timer and then running to get in place before the 10 seconds runs out and the camera snaps the photo.

I, personally, do not like trying to take self portraits, especially when it has to be done the way that I was explaining above (and without a tripod is the worst!). Taking self portraits has been a really big challenge of mine. I can never seem to get what I want out of the photo like I do when I am actually looking through the lens. The pictures either turn out blurry, off centered or all other photo fails.

SO in order to alleviate these self portrait problems, I did a lot of research and finally discovered the WU – 1a wireless mobile adapter. This cool little device is plugged into the side of your camera, syncs to your phone via Wifi, (you have to download the Nikon Mobile app on your phone) and open the app on your phone. You will now be able to see through the lens of your camera and take pictures, all from your mobile phone.  My D3200 camera does not have the wireless amenity already embedded into the software of the camera like the full frame, bigger bodied cameras, do, which is why I had to resort to getting the WU-1a device shown below:

Screen Shot 2017-09-15 at 9.36.39 AM

I used this device for the first time the other weekend and was slightly disappointed.

Excerpt: I haven’t tried it too much since this last trial run so I will keep you posted about how it goes.

These were a few reasons that I was slightly disappointed in the device:

  • If I would get more than 10 ft away from my camera (which was on a tripod on the beach) there would no longer be a connection between the device (camera) and my phone
  • It runs the battery down in your camera faster (better start bringing and extra battery) UGH
  • It is very laggy (aka slow to adjust) even when you are less than 10 feet away from the camera
  • If you are using Manual mode to take your pictures, you cannot adjust the settings when the device is plugged into your camera. You have to take out the WU-1a, adjust the settings where you want them and then put the WU-1a device back into the camera UGH
  • When you get everything set up in the frame like you want it (you are looking through your phone at this point) and you take the picture, it takes about 1 to 2 minutes for the app on your phone to get back to its regular settings
    • You can make it to where the camera doesn’t try and download the picture you just took to your phone right away and tell the app to download to your phone “later”, but it still takes a long time for the app to readjust AFTER taking the photo.


I hope that after I use this device a few more times that things will get better. I haven’t tried it in a lot of locations yet. I was so excited about this wireless device and how it can hook up to your phone so that you can use your phone as a remote to your camera……but now I am just really disappointed.

If anyone has any tips or tricks that they would like to share about this device or other devices similar (that is compatible with Nikon D3200) please do so! I really hate that I have had a bad experience so far with this Nikon device.

On a more positive note, here are a few of the pictures that I was able to get using the device:

My phone is in my right hand sitting on cat gym (WU-1a)
Phone in hand – WU-1a
no self timer
Shorts and bathing suit from thrift store BTW – WU-1a
No self timer
blurry at face (legs accidentally in focus) WU-1a




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