If you ever did any moving time lapse you know the challenges involved in making such a movie.
You would need a rail, a carriage, a precise and slow motor to drive it software to control the camera, power and a few other bits and bytes. To get an understanding of how complex such a project can be, check out the Slider project by Derek Mellott - a beautifully engineered piece of work.
There are shortcuts however :) Project OpenMoco aims at providing a full open source system for time lapse enthusiasts and indie film makers. Click to continue ›
Videographer J. P. Morgan put up another video describing how to shoot a time lapse. It is a bit different from the regular time-lapse sequences we usually see in two ways:
A - it is all done in a controlled studio environment using big guns, and B - it is moving the lights on a slider rather than moving the camera.
Adding up the cost of flashes, sliders and studio space, I arrived at about $36,864. I wonder if anyone out there knows if a similar thing has been done at a home friendly budget. Or is willing to take up the challenge.
Photographer and Videographer Stefan Kohler came up with a complete DIYed Slider system built on top of the Igus platform for bones, a stepper motor for muscles, and an Arduino for brains (and lots of hard labor for hearts).
The slider mimics the excellent Cine Slider from Kessler, only for a fraction of the cost in money and whole lots blood sweat and tears (of joy of course). Click to continue ›
Time lapse movies are getting more and more attention now. And as time lapse movies are getting more common, it takes more to create an outstanding time lapse. That more is moment. (There is a very good intro by Vincent Laforet on that).
Here is a nifty idea. Use a couple of cheapo IR LEDs and a nimijack from your neighborhood RadioLove store and you can make your iPhone into a Camera Super remote.
DSLRbot ($4.99)is a simple playback application that plays WAV files. Interestingly, the WAV files it plays correspond to commands used on DSLRs infrared remotes. In turn, those can be used to make time lapse sequences, HDR bracketing and all kinds of similar tricks. Compare that to your over $100 Nikon or Canon Intervalometer. Click to continue ›
Now, every once in a while we have a "dare" tutorial, one that will kill an entire month of weekends (and then some). Those are not for the faint of heart, but the results and satisfaction from completing one of those projects in unbelievable. (see the battlefield pinhole camera for example). It is the same with this project - it is not an easy task, it takes woodmenship, electronics know-how, and plenty of time, but the results are stunning.
(But hey, you know what, even if you just pick up one of the ideas in this post, it would rock. For example, building the collapsible rails idea to be used with the cheapo motor slider puller)
The movie comes first - this should get you motivated - then the instructions. Embrace yourselves.
The holy grail of timelapse movies is motion. Photographers like Tom Lowe (whom you should definitely check out) uses state of the art rails and mechanisms to allow the camera to move slowly and smoothly while capturing frame by frame of the time lapse movie.
While we were playing silly egg timer over here, Photographer Derek Mellott came up with an ingenious way to convert a BBQ rotisserie motor into a moving rail system.
This time we are taking it up a notch and adding some movment to the movie. The idea is simple, using a mechanical kitchen timer (I used a fancier one :) and a bolt we created a rotating camera. Movie with tutorial and samples after the jump. Click to continue ›
If you are into time lapse you must have checked the option of getting an Intervalometer. as you can see from the Canon and Nikon links an Intervalometer is not cheap. Not really expensive either, but definitely not cheap. So As usual I ask: what can you DIY about it?
Some cameras already have the time lapse feature built in, and Canon photographers can turn to CHDK for adding a time lapse feature. But there is a third, cooler version if you are into electronics (which I know lots of site readers are not afraid of).
Achim Sack - a super electronics engineer - has a project for building an intervalometer the size of a finger nail. It needs no power and learns the interval between shots as you go. If you are into embedded programming, this is a project for you, if not, "move along nothing to see..." [Image credit: tonyVC] Click to continue ›