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Learn how to speed up time and create compelling visual effects with time-lapse photography. Join Rich Harrington in the field as he captures nature's patterns at Red Rock Canyon in southwestern Nevada, and shows how to frame your scene and choose the proper camera settings. He'll show you how to capture great images, whether you're using a DSLR camera and a motorized slider or just a smartphone you have handy. Then join him back in the studio to transform your still footage into a storytelling time-lapse video, using tools like Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and Final Cut Pro.
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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.
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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