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How can timelapse sequences be shot without having in-camera support for it?

Which third-party tools are recommended?

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I would recommend adding the type of camera that you need it for. Not all camera's have the ability to be remotely controlled. –  Dave Van den Eynde Jul 18 '10 at 8:48
    
If your camera supports it, you could try using Magic Lantern. From what I understand, the firmware uses the same software controls that an external Intervalometer would. –  Evan Plaice Apr 6 at 20:57
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I have a Canon TC80N3, which works as a remote shutter, can do hundred of exposures at a timed interval (aka time lapse), a long delay before taking a shot, and very long exposures (ie, greater than 30 seconds that the camera can do).

They seem to be quite difficult to get new nowadays - but they do have them on eBay.

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+1: If you're using a Canon the TC80N3 is a great tool. I used it extensively for multiple timed exposures for astrophotography. –  Marc Jul 17 '10 at 10:06
    
I find Pclix (pclix.com/pages/pclix_main.html) an interesting option, but have never used it myself. It's also compatible with many camera types. –  Karel Jul 21 '10 at 20:09
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If you have a Canon DSLR, it most likely came with software that allows you to shoot timelapse photos. The downside is that you need a computer with you, the upside is that the software is free. –  Perishable Dave Sep 30 '11 at 21:29
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Even though most cameras don't support it by themselves, many times it's possible when you connect them to a computer and use vendor-supplied software. For example Canon EOS utility should be able to do time lapse.

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For Nikon SLRs, have a look at this blog post:

http://thephotogeek.com/choosing-nikon-dslr-camera-tethered-shooting-software/

These tools do however require you to have a PC available nearby... I'm still looking for an Android app!

It seems there's a slew of free and commercial software available that will capture images on a timelapse basis. I've used Apple's Quicktime Pro on Windows to successfully create videos from image sequences.

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There are a number of remote shutter release devices with time lapse capabilities. I cannot recommend any specific, partly because I never used one of them myself, and also because I do not know what camera you have.

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gPhoto is capable of this, and supports a huge variety of cameras.

For one exposure every minute, this command will do the trick:

gphoto2 --capture-image --interval 60

Command documentation.

Granted, not everyone has a Linux or BSD machine sitting around to run this, but it's a perfect option for those who do.

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You can find pretty cheap intervalometers here : http://www.linkdelight.com/camera-remote-controls.html Also if you have a compatible Canon reflex, you caqn install Magic Lantern on it : http://magiclantern.wikia.com

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I've started using TriggerTrap Mobile, an iOS app, which provides basic and complex intervalometer settings as well as a variety of other trigger types, and it works with a variety of cameras just by using the correct cable.

I haven't tried their TriggerTrap v1 product, but it also looks pretty slick, and is again compatible with a variety of cameras just by using the correct cable.

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