Alley in Pisa, Italy

by Lars Kotthoff

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Molding a chunk of clay onto the surface and then putting something flat like a small piece of wood on top to balance the camera on could work for a variety of surfaces. The clay would need to be relatively stiff though so that it does not deform under the weight of the camera.


The traditional cheap solution is a bag of beans.


I often got away with using the camera bag and/or the lens cap. And small objects (rocks) around can be moved as well. For shutter speeds up to a second, I also lean my camera against poles or walls, locking the hand grip against it. For time lapse you probably don't care so much for long exposures, you just want no motion in between successive exposures. ...


Other options for uneven surfaces which I like a lot are these ones: Ballpod THE pod RiceQ (their online shop is pretty bad, if you need international shipping I'd suggest to use


To a large extent, this depends on your camera (and lens), how uneven the surface is and what you mean by "too much money", but the obvious answer here is a Gorillapod or equivalent (other brands are available).


When using a dSLR or mirrorless camera in video mode, the mechanical shutter is opened once then the electronic shutter is used until until you stop recording. Video mode places actually less wear and tear on the shutter by far for the amount of time used than ordinary photography.


But I'm not sure how timelapse works. A time lapse movie is simply a sequence of photos taken over time, usually at regular intervals. What time frames should I keep? All of them, unless there are reasons to throw some away. For example, if you continue taking photos throughout a day, all night, and into the next day, you might decide to toss the ...


I had the same issue/idea as you and decided to see if I could alter the camera to focus father away. After taking it apart, the four spokes don't appear to allow adjustment of the focus. They don't turn. As the camera focuses the lens assembly (including this 4 spoke thing) moves closer to the sensor (for far away focus) and farther from the sensor (for ...

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