Is that a "modeling" light? The light that blinks; can I set the menu to have that NOT blink? It's important since I am trying tonight (my musical event) to be very subtle and not cause people (the band) to look at the camera on it's tripod.
That lamp has two distinct functions: firstly, it blinks while the timer is counting down when the camera is in Self-Timer Mode; secondly, it illuminates in low light to help the camera to focus - the AF-assist feature.
There's nothing you can do about the first, except to not use Self-timer mode
The AF-assist function can be turned off using Custom Setting a9 (see page 290 of the manual).
Oh cool thought-- soft cloth. And I know, duct tape in any color is not ever acceptable. I'll lay a soft strip of cloth over it until I purchase the remote device. Thank you for both thoughts (above.) There's a whole psychology and social aspect, by the way, to even bringing a camera to work, but that belongs to a different thread and has abstract elements to it. The idea that friends trust a person who wants to take pictures when there is no explicit permission asked for or given. Often people do like what I can do. None of what I do is for pay at any point. The timer light adds an awkward feeling to it all, and that is within the realm of this thread. Expensive gear actually was meant to help it all along. People get more upbeat and the results are much better. Thanks so very much for your answers.
Duct tape and masking tape should definitely be avoided, as you pointed out. But actually, a little patch of gaffer's tape should be ok for covering the light. It's like duct tape -- heavy duty and it stays stuck, but it's very easy to remove and re-apply and best of all it doesn't leave a residue when it's removed. I find gaffers tape really useful for taping release cables out of the way, keeping GPS & remote units in place when hiking, keeping the barrel on my 18-200mm from creeping, taping props in place, taping branches and stems out of the way in outdoor macro work, etc. I keep a small strip of gaffer's tape on the bottom of each lens hood and I have strips of it on my tripod legs, as well as a small re-wound spool of it in each bag, so it's always handy. Just be sure to get some good high quality tape, as some of the cheaper brands will leave residue.