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Using an external intervalometer

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Rich: If you want to get the best results, you're probably going to pick up an external intervalometer. And remember, this is matched precisely to your camera. So, my Nikon camera requires a Nikon intervalometer, and this is not necessarily the same connection depending upon the Nikon camera. If that sounds confusing, try ordering one of these. So, you might actually even have to pick up the phone, and just talk to somebody at the camera store. Say look, this is the camera I own, and I want an intervalometer. The thing is, is that I often find that the cheap knockoff ones manufactured that don't have the brand names. Tend to work even better, because they come out quicker, and they just keep releasing them and not a big deal.

Using an external intervalometer

Rich: If you want to get the best results, you're probably going to pick up an external intervalometer. And remember, this is matched precisely to your camera. So, my Nikon camera requires a Nikon intervalometer, and this is not necessarily the same connection depending upon the Nikon camera. If that sounds confusing, try ordering one of these. So, you might actually even have to pick up the phone, and just talk to somebody at the camera store. Say look, this is the camera I own, and I want an intervalometer. The thing is, is that I often find that the cheap knockoff ones manufactured that don't have the brand names. Tend to work even better, because they come out quicker, and they just keep releasing them and not a big deal.

Sometimes to cover my bases, I'll even order two or three different brands and just experiment, and those two or three often cost less than the manufacturer's remote release. Now, the benefit of the intervalometer is that you connect it to the camera. And so as long as I line that cable up, I can just insert that, be very careful that you get it precisely aligned and insert it, and now it's connected. Now, the device itself will probably run off of some AA batteries, and there's often no off on switch.

So, if you do that, you're going to need to keep some extra batteries with you, because If the battery in the intervalometer goes dead, well the shot's going to stop. To use the intervalometer, you just simply step through the basic settings. I go ahead and just nudge over from delay, which would be like if you wanted to take a shot, and then run around and get in front of the camera. Long exposure which is useful if you really want to dial in the precise long exposure for night time photography, or you're shooting with a really intense neutral density filter.

And then of course, interval. Now, must intervalometers do have the ability to turn the sound off. And I recommend that you set that to silent, because it's going to get pretty annoying after a while. So, I'm on the number there, and I'm going to choose the number of shots I want. Some intervalometers go to 999, some go to thousands. This particular one stops at 399, but there's a little secret. If I just roll that over, I could choose the dashes, and that means infinite.

I'll keep shooting until I tell it stop. So I've got that, I hit set, I'll go over to interval. Now, I adjust the duration for the interval. For right now, we'll just do a simple three second interval. We'll take a look at this a little bit later, and do some actual shots, where we walk you through the whole calculation process. But for now, I just want you to see how the intervalometer works. I click set, and when I'm ready, real important thing here. Don't just leave this dangling in the wind. You do that, you're going to add vibration and shake to the camera.

And the the wind's going to blow and it's hard on the port. Instead, go and raid your daughter's dresser, and find a hair tie, or go to the local drugstore. Or pick up something like this at the hardware store, which is sometimes called a bongo tie. And all it is is a heavy-duty rubber band with a little wooden toggle. That makes it super-easy for me to just take this, and attach it right to the tripod. When I'm all set, I just click the Start button. And now, because I set it for every 3 seconds, you're hearing that nice, consistent, rhythmic click, and it's going through and firing off the Time-lapse.

So, that's the intervalometer, works really well. Let me cross around to the other side here. And I have the same thing going on on my Olympus. Different connector, similar type of intervalometer. So, I'll just take that, connect it in. It's connected, exact same sort of settings, choose the number of shots. All I've done is I've set it to the the infinite number there. And I'll just go on over to Interval, and we'll set that to 0 hours, 0 minutes, and we'll do every 2 seconds on this one.

Same idea, and I just click Start. Now, I don't have a bongo tie with this one, so in that case I'm just going to drape that and try to minimize it by just tucking the cords. And right now, we have a symphony of clicking and I'm happy cause Time-lapses are running.

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Creating Time-Lapse Video

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  1. 3m 55s
    1. Welcome
      34s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      1m 11s
    3. Using the exercise files
      2m 10s
  2. 4m 20s
    1. The end product
      1m 9s
    2. Why shoot with a still camera
      2m 0s
    3. What you're shooting for: Objectives
      1m 11s
  3. 7m 7s
    1. Frame size for delivery of time lapse
      1m 43s
    2. Frame size for acquisition of time lapse
      1m 45s
    3. Delivery frame rate of time lapse
      1m 36s
    4. Postprocessing choices for time-lapse photography
      2m 3s
  4. 17m 7s
    1. A solid tripod for time-lapse shooting
      4m 43s
    2. Using an internal intervalometer
      2m 15s
    3. Using an external intervalometer
      4m 37s
    4. Weather gear
      1m 6s
    5. Extending the power of the camera
      1m 28s
    6. Using a spare camera body
      50s
    7. Memory card selection
      2m 8s
  5. 5m 55s
    1. Shooting time lapse as JPEG files
      2m 15s
    2. Shooting time lapse as raw files
      2m 6s
    3. Shooting time lapse as movie files
      1m 34s
  6. 7m 34s
    1. Choosing a frame rate for time-lapse photography
      46s
    2. How long should you shoot?
      1m 10s
    3. Tracking the sun's position
      2m 50s
    4. Working the scene
      2m 48s
  7. 3m 4s
    1. Choosing the right aperture for time-lapse photography
      1m 6s
    2. Choosing the shutter speed for time-lapse photography
      50s
    3. Choosing the ISO for time-lapse photography
      1m 8s
  8. 10m 15s
    1. What does a slider add to the shot?
      2m 37s
    2. Building a slider
      3m 43s
    3. Basic moves on a slider
      3m 27s
    4. Keith's feature
      28s
  9. 8m 35s
    1. Stabilizing the phone
      2m 52s
    2. Setting up the shot with Lapse It
      1m 59s
    3. Using Lapse It
      1m 26s
    4. Using iStopMotion for iPad
      2m 18s
  10. 12m 8s
    1. Using a card wallet
      3m 9s
    2. Choosing a working drive
      3m 18s
    3. Transferring data
      5m 41s
  11. 8m 55s
    1. Using stacks in Adobe Bridge
      2m 29s
    2. Removing unwanted frames
      3m 2s
    3. Renaming and renumbering image sequences
      3m 24s
  12. 51m 54s
    1. Basic exposure with Adobe Camera Raw
      3m 30s
    2. Selective recovery with Adobe Camera Raw
      6m 25s
    3. Advanced recovery with Adobe Camera Raw
      5m 50s
    4. Reducing noise with Adobe Camera Raw
      2m 37s
    5. Removing spots with Adobe Camera Raw
      5m 41s
    6. Compensating for lens distortion
      5m 16s
    7. Stylizing the image with Adobe Camera Raw
      8m 49s
    8. Exporting the images to sequential files
      3m 42s
    9. Alternative workflow with Lightroom: Part one
      5m 36s
    10. Alternative workflow with Lightroom: Part two
      4m 28s
  13. 11m 16s
    1. Importing the image sequence
      2m 5s
    2. Refining the duration and frame rate
      2m 39s
    3. Adjusting the time-lapse sequence
      3m 35s
    4. Exporting the time-lapse sequence
      2m 57s
  14. 30m 22s
    1. Importing the image sequence
      1m 31s
    2. Refining the duration and frame rate
      3m 42s
    3. Frame blending
      3m 7s
    4. Adjusting the time-lapse sequence
      3m 33s
    5. Camera moves
      3m 54s
    6. Using flicker
      4m 59s
    7. Working with raw time-lapse sequences
      3m 35s
    8. Creating variable-speed effects
      3m 10s
    9. Exporting the time-lapse sequence
      2m 51s
  15. 11m 40s
    1. Importing the image sequence
      2m 23s
    2. Refining the duration and frame rate
      3m 39s
    3. Adjusting the time-lapse sequence
      2m 19s
    4. Exporting the time-lapse sequence
      3m 19s
  16. 12m 34s
    1. Importing the image sequence
      3m 17s
    2. Refining the duration and frame rate
      1m 53s
    3. Adjusting the time-lapse sequence
      4m 48s
    4. Exporting the time-lapse sequence
      2m 36s
  17. 1m 4s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 4s

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