I’ve been fooling around with proper time lapses lately – where one takes a series of photographs and then proceeds to “stitch” them together using software (I’ve used Cyberlink’s PowerDirector… cringe.. I’m living the minimalist life).
DSLR cameras have the ability to capture videos (1080p and also 4k) which you can merely speed up using your software to create a time lapse video, but shooting these 1080p videos at 30fps or 60fps can easily chow up all the storage in your SD card.
To create that time lapse it is simple enough to just take photographs using a remote shutter (like R500), magic lantern (Canon hacks) or built-in time lapse settings that a lot of the newer DSLR cameras have. I was forced to use a shutter since my camera is old by today’s standards (living the minimalist life). The Nikon D3100 can also only manage 1080p video at 24fps, but do you really think it will have a intervalometer built in? No, it doesn’t.
Furthermore, having software that can adjust the levels and balance of all your photographs in one go (i.e. in one BATCH) before you stitch them together will help you save time and will really polish your time lapse (I did not have this available, so I just stitched the normal #nofilter photos together).
Make sure to set the camera on manual focus once you are happy with your focus point and then just time your lapses and snap every 10 or 5 seconds, depending on the effect that you desire. Oh yah – remember a tripod.
Here is to the start of many time lapses!