Tips & Tricks for Time-lapse Photography


Camera Settings
First of all, make sure you have full batteries on you camera (or connect it to a power supply if you can). Make sure the batteries on your Tempus ALL aren't near the end also.
Now the camera. We need to switch the camera into manual mode. You need to activate the SINGLE SHOT option on your camera so it can take ONE picture at each press(check the cameras manual). Use your test shots exposure information to set the aperture. Be sure to pick a shutter speed that will give you a good time lapse effect. If you have a shutter speed that is too fast youíll end up with a choppy looking video. Although based on the subject you are shooting the shutter speed will vary. The length of the event is really a major factor which you must consider while selecting the speed and the number of shots. If the event takes 1 year to complete, then you must try to take few shots with a reasonable number of shots. However if you want to create a smooth and seamless video then the shutter speed must be high.

Set your camera to use JPG and at a size that you think is reasonable. If you donít it will make your post processing more difficult as youíll have to convert all your RAW images to JPG and then re-size them. Auto-white balance can change and fluctuate, especially if youíll be shooting something for a while and the light gets brighter or dimmer over time. Setting it to manual helps ensure all your photos keep reasonably the same look. And also set your cameraís exposure manual as well. Once the camera settings are over, place the camera in a tripod inorder to avoid blur effects. If you donít have a tripod then make use of some other base supports. Remember while taking the shots, the camera must be stable and fixed without any disturbances to get the perfect effect.

Timing
Before you can start clicking, you will need to establish time interval between frames. Here is a little bit of mathematics that can help you get the timing right. Since you will be presenting your photos in a movie, you will need between 20 to 30 frames per second. For your movie to be as smooth as possible, 30 frames will be ideal but 24 frames will also give you good results.
You should determine the duration of the process or event you are photographing and how long your movie will be. If your event is a very long one, say a baby developing in the womb then you will need long intervals between photos. But if the event is a short exercise like shooting melting pieces of ice, then you will need to take the photos more frequently.
So to show a video of a candle burning out in a minute when you are shooting 24 frames per second, letís look at the math:
24 frames times 60 seconds = 1440 frames
Assuming that the candle will burn out in three hours or 10,800 seconds, then:
10,800 divided by 1440 frames = 7.5 seconds

For a sunset/sunrise try a 30 seconds delay.

For a busy street look very fast, try a 3 second delay.

TEMPUS ALL mechanical Intervalometer
TEMPUS ALL is built to work with any camera.
You should strap it tight to your camera, aligning TEMPUS "finger" with your shutter button. (more info on this, check the TEMPUS ALL manual)

After you camera is setup and you know how much time you want to set on the TEMPUS, its time to get it going.
You have 4 modes on your TEMPUS remote to set the time delay you want.

QUICK MODE - The fastest way to start shooting with your TEMPUS ALL Time-Lapse device.
1 Ė Making shure you camera is in MANUAL and single shoot mode, and with you TEMPUS device turned OFF, press and hold the MODE button on the front of the TEMPUS.
2- with MODE still pressed, flick the power switch on the back of the TEMPUS unit. LED will lit briefly and them go off.
3- after desired delay, release MODE button.
NOTE: Delay between shots, equals the time youíve held on to the MODE button.

Consult TEMPUS ALL Manual for learning other modes to set time.

Leave the set up undisturbed untill the event is finished completely. Once you have finished taking all the images, now import them to a PC and edit the images to adjust the brightness, contrast, size, etc. Inorder to create the video, you can use Quicktime Movie Pro for example. It is cheap and it can provide you all the necessary settings which are needed to produce a perfect video file. There are a lot of ways and free programs you can use to edit this photos into a movie.

A lot of tutorials online. Check them out!