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- December 3, 2010 at 5:40 AM #48880
I’ve shot timelapse video with a video camera on a few occasions and got some really cool stuff. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with TLV using a Digital Still Camera. Here’s a vid by Zach Wise on how to shoot time lapse video with a still camera.
*Note: From my own experiments, I’d like to add these additions to Zach’s information.
1. If you have After Effects or another advanced software, you can easily import your photo sequences in as ‘JPEG’ sequences. Same rules apply concerning the correct numbering as importing with QT Pro.
2. ‘Drag Your Shutter’ means use a slower shutter speed than the camera would use automatically. A slower shutter speed will allow your subjects to appear to ‘smear’ (i.e. ‘drag) themselves through your image vs ‘Blipping’.
3. When going from Day to Night you’ll have to use Auto White Balance particularly if there is man-made lighting present in the scene. When shooting Day or Night only you can get away with Manual White Balance long as lighting conditions don’t change too dramatically.
4. You do not have to spend a bunch of money on a Timer Remote/Intervalometer! The one’s made by your camera’s manufacturer get pretty expensive and they do the exact same thing as much cheaper off-brand one’s do with less features (like say an ‘on-off switch’?)
5. Lastly, be prepared to either stay with your camera for at least an hour or more while it does it’s thing. That or hide it really, really well! Time Lapse shooting is a long-haul endeavor.
composite1, thank you for sharing this. I bought an off-brand intervalometer just yesterday and shall be using it to learn timelapse recording with the wife’s DSLR, as my cam does not have the functionality. Your tips will come in handy.
Philip Bloom had demonstrated far superior quality time lapse results with his DSLR in still mode than doing a timelapse in video mode. I guess this is where the huge sensor of the DSLR comes into it’s own?
“Philip Bloom had demonstrated far superior quality time lapse results
with his DSLR in still mode than doing a timelapse in video mode. I
guess this is where the huge sensor of the DSLR comes into it’s own?”
I’m currently doing my TL’s with an old Canon 10D and my images with just the low/fine setting are between 1-2k! Doing it in still mode is far superior, but a lot trickier. This is where knowing the basics about exposure and using your camera settings will make the difference.
Nice one Bruce! Glad you’re back up and running!
Thing I hate about shooting the moon is the ‘trade off’. If you want sharp lunar detail, you don’t get any cloud or star detail. It’s one or the other!
Well here’s one I shot in daylight. Though the uncompressed version is phenomenal, this web-friendly version isn’t too shabby. Let me know what you think.