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I thought I'd offer a completely different, perhaps complementary way to look at this question: There's more risk to more than 99% of the camera users out there of not using their cameras than there is of ever wearing their cameras out. Use your camera! Break it if you have to! But get it out of the case and learn something! Don't get hung up on what ...


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There are two ways to do this... Method #1 This is the "easy" way. Since HD is (by definition) a frame size of 1920x1080, using a bigger set of images than 1920x1080 means that you can pan around in that frame using your post-production software of choice. For example, I'll often take timelapses using Medium sized JPEGs (4080x2720 on my Canon 5DmkII) and ...


19

The camera's shutter has usually a rating for 50,000 to 300,000 actuations, depending on the camera. For yours, I think it is closer to 50,000 but you should check the manual to be sure. That means you can take that many pictures and still be within the manufacturer's life-expectancy for your camera. When you do time-lapse, you take a lot of pictures, so ...


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If you are on a Mac, one of the best ways is using Automator, which you can use to do basic cropping/editing and conversion to video (although this part usually requires Quicktime Pro). There is a good walkthough here: How to Make a Time-Lapse Video from Stills Also, a great open source solution is to use ffmpeg, but it is a much more technical path to ...


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Aligning can be done for example with stitching-programs like Hugin. add all you pictures to the hugin-project let the pictures be analyzed/matched by "align image stack" (Images - Tab: Feature-Matching) add some points if needed (Control Points - Tab) set optimization to Position and Translation at the most (Optimiser-Tab) Optimize (Optimiser-Tab) check ...


13

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.


12

Although this test is with a "GoPro Hero" ... The GoPro camera can be used for photos but ... the resulting photos are not very good especially not in low-light conditions. Here is an example: First a photo from the GoPro (Hero) (EXIF: F4.9, ISO 250 and 1/15 second) and now the same scene with a Nikon D80 + Tamron 17-50mm F2.8 (EXIF: F5.0, ISO 250 and ...


11

tl;dr: There is currently no 'foolproof/plug-n-play' solution to this problem (yet!). All of the currently available options have trade-offs which must be evaluated before jumping in. This is a huge problem which is frequently discussed in the timelapse community. As of this writing there are not 'foolproof' solutions, though there are a good number of us ...


10

You might get lucky, but I don't think that it's likely you'll be able to get an entire 9am to midnight timelapse capture with no human intervention at all, regardless of the equipment chosen, barring the construction of a light-sensitive intervalometer which can make adjustments shot-by-shot[1]. The reason for this is that it is still a complex and 'fiddly' ...


10

Well, I answered in the comments but I'll answer here since I'm not liking any of the answers. You do need to move the camera for a panning time lapse and you used to need a rig, motorized or not, rails or not, to do this movement. There is a new technique called hyperlapse or walklapse which accomplishes this without any extra equipment, aside from a ...


9

You can do it using Magic Lantern software for your Canon. In fact, there's a setting that will save you some shutter opens/closes. http://vimeo.com/37084470 The camera does not need to be connected to the computer. There is no real danger to the camera. Depending on how long the timelapse is, you may need to have the camera on a power supply, or use a ...


8

I don't know of any that can be tethered to a PC. However the open source CHDK firmware for Cannon cameras support on camera scripting that may fulfill your needs. Alternatively for any camera that has support for an external shutter release you can drive that shutter release externally from a PIC or a USBIO module attached to a PC.


8

You answer lies in Lightroom and this free software plugin for lightroom http://lrtimelapse.com/ The great thing about using lightroom for a timelapse is that you can easily crop,edit thousands of images with a simple click. You can then make a slideshow. Here is a blog post that shows how to install the slideshow video templates for lightroom: ...


8

Aperture: Use the maximum aperture (F1.8 if possible) Shutter Speed: Use the 600/(focal length * crop Factor)rule so as to not see star trails (Refer here in section 3. Camera settings). ISO: Highest possible for your camera that you find acceptable. Milky Way? You can use the application: Stellarium to find out if you are in the right time / place to view ...


8

I would look into hacking a GoPro camera/camcorder to use a continuous power source. The GoPro is very well suited to harsh environments, and already comes with a housing that could be utilized. Further, it is very reasonably priced. If you are serious about low light ability, the newest Hero3 Black Edition claims 2x better low light ability then the ...


8

I can't watch your videos at the moment, but if I got it correct they are timelapses of a plant growing while the environment doesn't change or changes very little. It gives the impression that the plant grows fully over a short amount of time, or the the plant and the environment move at different speed. If my assumption is correct, BBC did this for the ...


7

The Nikon D90 can in fact accept a wired remote. It plugs into the GPS port which is the second rubber-covered area on the side of the D90. While some cameras have separate ports, the D90 uses this single port for both purposes. Here are a couple options from Amazon: Satechi TR-M Timer Remote Control for Nikon D90 GSI Super Quality Multi-Function Timer ...


7

I'm not sure if your camera has an equivalent mode, but on my Pentax K-7, I'd put the camera into TAv mode, where I set the shutter speed and aperture but the camera chooses the ISO. (See comments: Craig Walker says that on the Nikon D90, you put the camera in manual mode — M on the dial — and enable auto-ISO in the menu for the same effect.) Then, I'd a) ...


7

There is plenty of software to do this in Ubuntu 10.10. I have not personally tried any of them so cannot vouch for which is best. One useful link looks to be - popey.com - My Ubuntu Webcam setup this is fairly command line oriented but Popey does give all the steps to make a video of the resulting images Other possible packages looking in my software ...


7

You're right, the problem with heating the environment is that it can produce "heat waves" which show up in your photographs if you're not very careful. All in all it seemed like bringing a heater (propane, or otherwise) was something that I was going to have to monitor and fiddle with a lot, so I didn't ever go down the path of trying to keep the ...


7

I suspect you might be misunderstanding how an intervalometer works. My suspicion is that the 1 second minimum is the duration between exposures and not the shutter speed. For your example if you'd like a shutter speed of 1/320th of a second, configure that on your camera, and then configure the intervalometer to trigger the shutter however often you like. ...


7

I have no idea what algorithms commercial software uses for this task, but I'll happily make one up for you: Find the luminance of frame 0 by summing pixel values. For each frame (i): subtract frame (i+1) from frame (i), take the mean of these delta values. To account for movement, remove any pixels with delta greater than some threshold (set based on the ...


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I would recommend taking a look at the Nikon D800 manual which can be found online here. Page 207 of the manual describes the features of the D800 and time lapse photography. You also will want to pay particular notice to the tips of the bottom of page 209 where it describes what modes time-lapse does not work in. If you have a question beyond something ...


7

First you need to have an estimation of how long does it take for a flower to die. You can Observe a similar flower or just guess. It really depends on the type of flower and the environment (in/out soil, outdoor/indoor, humid/dry, etc). Once you have this time (let's call it Tf), then you have to decide how long your movie clip should last (Tm). Once you ...


6

The first thing you need to figure into your calculation is total length of time your trip is going to take. I don't see that so forgive me if I missed it. If you're hauling butt and make the trip in 20 hours then you have 86400 seconds of driving time. At ten second intervals this would give you 8640 exposures which equals 6 mins of footage (1 frame=1 ...


6

The only think I could add to Itai's answer is that the shutter failing after X actuations doesn't mean the end of the camera, you can have the shutter replaced for around $250 at a Canon authorized repair centre. Bridge and compact cameras with electronic shutters are more suited to timelapses however, for this reason. An electronic shutter uses circuitry ...


6

Your answer might just come from post-processing. In Lightroom there's a feature called "Match Total Exposures." I found this description on what it does: You can use this command to match the exposures across a series of images that have been selected via the Filmstrip. Match Total Exposures will calculate a match value by analyzing and combining the ...


6

My primary DSLR is a Canon 5D MKII, with an older Canon 450D as a backup body that I use mostly for a set-and-forget timelapse unit with a cheap intervalometer. I've recently moved to using a GoPro HD Hero 960 & GoPro HD Hero 1080p for the TL's I would use the 450D on, although there are very severe limitations. I've got an order in for the new HD Hero ...


6

Brinno make a specialized time-lapse camera for $149 Sold by Photojojo and others weather resistant (don't have to risk your SLR getting soaked) has normal and macro lens setting macro is about 19" or .5m six standard time settings of 1 minute, 5 minutes, 30 minutes, 1, 4 and 24 hours one custom time setting you can program anywhere between 5 seconds and ...


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Bulb ramping, or bramping, is a means of automatically adjusting exposure settings to maintain a specific exposure value (EV) throughout the duration of a time-lapse sequence. Bulb ramping intervalometers can be simple and cheap, or complex and expensive, depending on the results they can provide. Cheaper ones, and many DIY projects that you can follow to ...



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