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!
I thought my first attempt at Time Lapse came out fairly well. All I did at the time was set it up and hit go. Yeah… there were a few more steps, but that was the forethought. Pretty jazzed about those results, I tried a few more things, without luck. One note: if you expect a spider to do anything, even after you poke a few strategically-placed holes in his web, maybe reconsider. Anyway, I liked the little taste of long-exposure nighttime action in the first time lapse, so I set it up at sunset this time. What do you think?
I also did a little more processing on this one. Instead of leaving it at defaults, I did some contrast correction and resized the photos down a bit since they get resized so much in the end anyway.
One last word about taking stills for a time lapse at night. During the day my battery was lasting for hundreds of shots with no problem. In this sequence, I only got just over 200 before it died since the night shots had shutter speeds of 30+ seconds. If I was going to do it again, I’d crank open the aperture a bit more to make the shots a bit shorter and get more life out of the battery.
UPDATE: For another more recent time-lapse attempt, see me building my fence.
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.