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Timelapse photography is the process of taking a series of photos at a set interval with the intention of playing them back as a movie at a much shorter interval. This gives the appearance of high speed movement, such as in the growth of plants.

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Will too much time-lapse photography reduce a DSLR's life, or cause any other damage?

I own a Canon 550D, and I'm planning to do some time-lapse experiments this weekend just for fun. Will it cause any damage or reduce my DSLR's lifetime if I do too much of it?
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Which software to assemble a time-lapse from images?

I own a Nikon D700, which has in-camera support for taking time-lapse photos, but I need advice on the easiest and best software solutions for processing the resulting heap of images. I accept that ...
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How does the GoPro camera perform for photography?

I've been looking into the GoPro HD Hero 960 as an option for more creative photography pursuits. Examples include high speed exterior car photography, rock climbing, skydiving, bicycle riding, ...
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How can I make a time lapse photo series that pans across the images?

I've been doing time lapse photo shoots for a wee while now, and been watching tons of other neat videos on the net. I always find the most interesting ones are the ones that pan across the image to ...
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Timelapse software for Linux

I was looking for software to create timelapse from a collection of pictures, that is compatible with Ubuntu. It would good if it could make HD videos and also has an option to add a background score. ...
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Panning Time-Lapse

How does one move the camera while capturing a time-lapse sequence in order to create a smoothly panning video? Looking for solutions that works in both bright and low-light (short and long ...
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What settings should I use for a timelapse of my wedding?

I'm planning to do a time lapse of my wedding from 9 am to midnight (I know that's a lot of photos) Thinking of doing one every 5 seconds to capture everything (space is not really an issue). I have ...
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How can timelapse sequences be shot without in-camera support?

How can timelapse sequences be shot without having in-camera support for it? Which third-party tools are recommended?
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Are there any tetherable compact cameras?

As I find the bulk of my DSLR too much of an inconvenience for most of my photography, I'm considering replacing it with a high-end compact (maybe a Lumix LX5). However, I'm getting intrigued by the ...
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How to place my camera on uneven surface to take time-lapse photos

How do I place my camera on uneven surface without spending too much money on equipments. Rocks is one example of uneven surface.
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How can I find a camera for long-term time lapse use?

For a oceanographic/atmospheric proof of concept project I need to set up a camera which will take a picture of the water's surface every 5 minutes during the day for up to two years. The pictures ...
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What are good exposure and timing choices for time lapse photography?

I am shooting a time lapse and am doing some calculations beforehand to make sure I get everything right. I am shooting a road trip from the west coast to the east coast and am planning to compress ...
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What is bulb ramping?

What does the term bulb ramping refer to and what does it bring the world of time-lapse photography? It seems you need a specific type of intervalometer for bulb ramping. How do these differ from the ...
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Should I use Manual or (semi-)automatic mode for timelapse in changing light?

I'm planning a long road trip (east coast to west coast, about 45 hours of driving) and am thinking about shooting a time-lapse video of my drive. As I can expect the light levels to change pretty ...
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How do I prevent condensation on a lens when outdoors?

I was attempting a time lapse the other evening, outdoors and after a warmish sunny day, with a fairly cool air temp. I set my camera up and set it clicking away and left it for about 3 hours. Most of ...
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What software could I use for aligning time lapse stills to remove camera shake?

I've been playing around with some time lapse sequences shot from the roof of our building in New York. It's terribly windy and the resulting sequence exhibits some slight camera shake. I'm seeking ...
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How do I set up a webcam to take one picture each minute for 24 hours (time-lapse)?

I'm not entirely sure if this is the right place to ask this question, but I don't know of a better place. I need to set up a webcam to take a photo every minute for 24 hours, so that it can be ...
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Is there a way to use the Nikon D300's timer for more than 999 exposures?

I recently experimented with using the timer in my D300 for a longer car ride (the result can be seen here). That went fairly well, but one thing that bugged me was that the timer stopped taking ...
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How to fill my time-lapse video with more frames?

I'm making a time-lapse video in a place with very low light conditions. Each photo has an exposure of 20 seconds and my camera take 10 seconds more to process the image. This means, 2 frames per ...
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Canon Rebel XT - do electronic shutter instead of mechanical?

I am planning to take a bunch of photos for time-lapse and it is easiest for me to setup with my XT; however, it will definitely require a bunch of shutter actuations which would ultimately kill my ...
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Which intervalometer for time-lapse astrophotography will work with a Canon 450D?

I've long been interested in astrophotography, and it was one of the primary reasons I purchased my Canon 450D about 15 months ago. I've been working on getting milky way shots for the last 6 months, ...
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Night Sky Time Lapse Photography

This is an amazing video of night sky time lapse, which was shot with the following equipment: Canon 60D and T2i Tokina 11-16 ,Sigma 20mm F1.8, Tamron 17-50 According to Wikipedia , South Dakota ...
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CHDK: Timelapse/intervalometer with gradually adjusting exposure or overexposure detection

I'm trying to tweak a CHDK script for my Canon PowerShot G12 to take pictures at a regular interval. The goal is to make smooth time lapse videos. I've previously burned the sensor of a G11 because of ...
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How to deal with large exposure shifts during time lapse?

First - I've 30 yrs shooting experience. Not a novice. But, total Newbie to Time-lapse. Just did my first couple of tests yesterday. My wife was shopping - had to occupy myself.... I kept them short ...
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Can anyone suggest an intervalometer for the Nikon D90?

I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for intervalometers for a Nikon D90. The D90 lacks a remote port, so it has to be triggered either by USB or IR, which limits the 3rd party remotes it is ...
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Metering strategies for time lapse

In short, my question is: what are the best metering strategies when shooting a time lapse sequence to avoid visible fluctuations in brightness? I'd like to make the day-to-night transition look ...
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How can I hold my face in the same place for a month long daily self-portrait?

I want to take a self-portrait every day over a period of a month. I want to turn these photos into an animation, so it is important that the face is in the exact same position on each shot (the ...
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Where can I find a “bulb ramping” intervalometer which will work with a Canon T3i?

I am looking to do time-lapses during sunset and sunrise. I have a EOS 600d/T3i. My current intervalometer is pretty cheap and will not work for this. I believe I need a "Bulb Ramping" ...
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What equipment for long-term time-lapse photography?

I'm looking to take time-lapse photography (likely one shot per hour over the course of a year) from a fixed position (indoors). I'm wondering what equipment would help with this to overcome ...
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What algorithm can be used for deflickering timelapse shots?

What are deflicker algorithms used to deflicker stills that should be composed to a timelapse movie? (Flickering caused by shutterspeed adjustments in sunset/sunrise shots...)
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What Windows software can assemble a sequence of photos into a timelapse?

Do you know any good software for Windows platform that can be used to create a time-lapse video from a bunch of photos? I'm interested in free alternatives, but the paid ones are also OK.
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Shooting a timelapse without any intervalometer?

I know that most of DSLR can shoot timelapses by using software solutions, sparing the purchase of an intervalometer. My questions: Any recommandation or suggestion about the software I could use ...
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How to create awesome nature time lapses

Please have a look at these amazing time-lapse videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFNWEKHHBFQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcixldqDIEQ I just don't get how they do it. I am a fairly ...
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Does Apple Aperture have a way to change the exposure of many files at once?

I'm just editing a time lapse video I shot and have to change the exposure on about 1000 files. Is there a way in Apple Aperture to batch edit files?
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Can I get a time-lapse camera for under $150?

I enjoy making time-lapse pictures with my Coolpix s550 and software. However, the shortest interval for the s550 is 30 seconds. I would like to know if there is a camera for under $150 that has ...
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How can I take an extended timelapse with my GoPro given the short battery life?

I have a GoPro Hero 3 Silver edition. Was wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to take a continuous timelapse for extended period of time (more than 4 hours) since the battery seems to deplete ...
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Digital camera with WI-FI and time-lapse function

Is there any digital camera, that can be controled remotely and upload images automaticly to ftp (something like Eye-fi) over internet and have ability to take pictures in time sequence every minute ...
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How to auto-align slight movements in pictures shot for a timelapse?

I have been working on a project that I have been documenting for the past few weeks. Unfortunately, the camera mount I built causes slight movements of the camera. Therefore between days there are ...
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Are Intervalometers different for standard Time-Lapse and HDR Time-Lapse

I am a Nikon D90 user and fairly new to photography. I am considering purchasing a wired remote shutter release as intervalometer for taking time-lapses. However since I'm also a fan of HDR, it will ...
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Looking for camera control software (for Nikon DSLR) to shoot time lapse

What software is available that will let me control a camera from a computer, so I can shoot a lime lapse sequence? The camera is a Nikon D60. I am looking for freely available software. I am aware ...
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Does shooting RAW vs JPEG have a significant effect on battery life?

Does shooting RAW vs JPEG have a significant effect on battery life (i.e. > 10% in the number of shots that can be taken)? Has anyone done controlled tests on this? JPEG means more processing, RAW ...
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How can I get exposure times shorter than a second with an intervalometer?

I am learning to do timelapses and I have a "Shoot" brand intervalometer. The shortest exposure setting I can do on the intervalometer is 1 second. If the exposure setting on my camera is set to ...
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Using long exposures to make videos?

I would like to make a video that essentially shows a long exposure progressing as it is exposed. Essentially it would be initially dark and gradually get lighter. Lights that pass in front of the ...
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Is there a remote shutter wi-fi app for the canon 6D for time lapse photography?

I use the EOS Remote app but you can only take single shots and bursts ie. no timer controlled shots like you can do with a remote shutter for time lapses. Surely there must be an app out there that ...
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Is there a webcam that can focus to infinity, for time-lapse landscapes?

Does anyone here know of a webcam (at least 720p) that has the ability to focus to infinity? At least one webcam I know of (Logitech C910) doesn't allow that. I would like to use it for time lapse ...
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Do I need ND filters for a time lapse sunrise?

I need to shoot a time lapse sunrise for an internal promotion. This will consist of a one minute interval from 3:00 (black) to 8:30 (day) and I want the sun in the frame. Is this a situation where ...
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How to deal with heat concerns when doing timelapse on a roadtrip?

I am going on a roadtrip through Europe in a few months, and I want to do a timelapse from start till end. I am concerned about heat issues though, as I am planning on mounting the camera on the ...
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Is there OS X software for timed shutter release with a Canon 30D?

I'm trying to do some time lapse photography with my Canon 30D, and I'm looking for a program for OS X that I can use to fire the shutter over time instead of using an intervalometer. Does the EOS ...
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Can I modify a Logitech C615 webcam for infinity focus?

I've been using the Logitech C615 web cam for some time now, for timelapse photography. However I'm not perfectly happy with its focus at "infinity". It's not perfectly clear. On closer distances the ...
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Is there an extended-life battery for the Sony NEX-6?

I'm really enjoying my Sony NEX-6, especially the time-lapse application. However, I'm often finding that the camera's battery dies before I can create a long time-lapse (say, 4-5 hours). Is there a ...