About us

Let’s face it. Before Artisan Obscura, the soft shutter release market was pretty bland. One would go online and do a search for “soft shutter release buttons” and end up on eBay. The photographer would buy a button, and it would come in the mail mass-produced from China. While the soft release would certainly serve its purpose of heightening the action of the shutter, allowing the photographer greater control at slower shutter speeds and improving the ergonomics – the mass-produced, mass-manufactured button was indeed functional – but where was the form? Where was the character? Where was the personal touch? That’s where we come in.


We officially came onto the scene in 2013, and at the time, some didn’t even realize soft shutter releases existed. Why would they? Shutter release buttons were totally boring. To remedy that, we took it upon ourselves to design the worlds first, wooden, soft shutter release button, and we have been providing photographers around the globe with the best damn buttons out there. What’s the big deal about a wood button you ask? Well, if you hate style, personality, character, and being unique, then head on back to eBay. If you’re the opposite of the person we just described, then you’ve come to the right place! 


We offer over fifteen different exotic woods, which make each button completely unique in its tone, color, and grain structure. On top of that, we offer some of the most innovative designs and inlay work available. We also work with precious metals, acrylic, and even buffalo horn. We’re the first in the game and the best in the game with soft shutter release buttons priced at an affordable $20 all the way up to $65 for our .999 pure silver casted soft shutter release.  


Our end game is this: we want you to take pictures, document your life, your friends, your family, the strangers you meet, your dog, your cat, your food, what ever the f*ck you want. Be inspired! If a little wooden knickknack can get you excited to pound the pavement and explore, then we’ve done our jobs. If you have a camera, we have a button.

Quick History of our beloved Logo...

Our logo, a horse in stride, is taken from a sequence of photographs made by 19th century photographer Eadweard Muybridge, one of the most prolific problem solvers in the history of photography. This image and its history continue to inspire us to create products that inspire. And in turn, they continue to ignite our passion to take more pictures.