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11-02-2013, 03:16 PM   #1
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Time Lapse tips

As a long time film photographer and a very happy convert to digital with the K5 I'm keen to try and create some time lapse videos.
The K5 has an interval timer, so I would appear to be half way there. Any advice to get me started?

11-02-2013, 03:50 PM   #2
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Welcome to the digital age - it offers many possibilities! I started with film years ago (Canon AE1 Program) and after a few years break got into a DSLR and found it had a new learning curve. Its enormous fun.

You will find a few time lapse articles here on PF that are well worth a read. For example Time Lapse Guide for Beginners - Introduction - Also search for Time lapse.

For what its worth key points for me currently:
* Use a tripod
* Start with a fully charged battery (if you don't have a separate power supply)
* Select an interval appropriate to the subject you are taking a time lapse of (how quickly are things changing?)
* I use manual mode (fixed exposure) but some use program mode and find its stable.
* I also use JPG with a lower resolution (6M mostly but sometimes 2M) because it uses less room, allows a shorter sustained interval and quicker to process - and its still good for full HD. But if its for a professional use then you would probably use RAW.

Processing the images into a movie depends on what software / OS you have. I'm afraid I'm a Linux user so do it with standard command line tools.

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11-02-2013, 03:57 PM   #3
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This article may have information useful to you. Timescapes - Digital Timelapse Discussion - View topic - The ULTIMATE timelapse FAQ thread!

11-02-2013, 04:00 PM   #4
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QuoteOriginally posted by bluenose Quote
Thanks guys, just what I was looking for and didn't find.

11-03-2013, 09:22 PM   #5
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The internal interval timer is nice because it uses the interval between shots. That means your exposure time is not part of the calculation. If you set the interval to one second and a fifteen-second shutter speed, the first shot is taken immediately, then the next one sixteen seconds later, 15sec. shutter + 1sec. interval. That makes it easier to use an automatic mode like Av or P to adjust exposure for changing light, and still get the same gap between shots.

The upper tier cameras with a socket to plug in a wired remote use the same plug as Canon, so you can also use an external interval timer if they have useful features. They will ignore exposure time but sometimes that's fine.

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