It’s been a long time since I put up a stop-motion video. The first two I did were fun and had a nice view, but were mostly about the technology, not documenting anything. Ever since I’ve wanted to actually use it to show something tangible happening. Last weekend was the perfect chance – we were building a fence. I knew where it was going to be so framing wasn’t too hard. The technique is still the same as I documented here. I think my biggest revelation was when I realized that sometimes the best way to attach your camera to something is upside down – flipping all the shots at the end isn’t too hard. The biggest issues were taking my camera down every time we had to go somewhere (I get a little queasy touching my camera when I’m covered in mud) and a dead battery toward the end. Oh well – the most important stuff came out!
Alright, before we get started, I just want to say this post is way too long. If you’re not interested in the jibber-jabber, but wanna see my bitchin little time-lapse movie, just jump to the end.
$30 doesn’t buy you basically anything in photography. Maybe a lens cap. That’s the main reason I never bought a Timer Remote or Intervalometer before. The Canon branded one costs about $150. After reading up on how to make Time-Lapse movies on the awesome DIY Photography website, I did a little research and once again, it was Ebay to the rescue!
When my Taiwanese beauty arrived in the mail I was quick to bust it out. You have a few options, but basically it comes down to:
- How long should I wait to start taking pictures?
- How long should I wait between shots?
- How long should I make the shots (or let the camera take care of it)?
- How many pictures should I take?
Want to read all about it and see the final movie? Hit the jump and read on.