Thursday, January 19, 2006

Poor Man's Night-Lapse

Don't you love it when you're sitting in some cramped room, and you've been working for hours, when you suddenly realize that what you're doing is not really as cool as you thought it was, and all the work you did for the last week was kind of pointless....... That's when you go and grapple for a while. Make sure you either go with the really big guy, or the tiny one. Those who have felt this will understand.....

So, the thing I realized is that my timing box isn't really as useful cause there's a much better way to do night timelapse. Take a small thing (rock, button, coin, whatever) and just set the exposure on your camera to max and duct-tape the shutter down with the small thing. The time your camera "thinks" is basically constant from frame to frame so that by using the exposure, you can set the video rate. Dammit. (sarcastically) I didn't really want the box anyway, so there. (picture me pouting in the corner)

Hopefully I'll have all the new timelapse up on the IfA website soon......


Blogger Jesse said...

Uhhh, I don't understand...what? How does duct taping your shutter down = time lapse?

9:23 AM  
Blogger Jesse said...

So I thought about this more, and you're sayingt thata basically the camera keeps taking pictures, at about the rate of the shutter, but no delay between pics. That's where the box is helpful, right?

12:48 PM  
Blogger geekedout said...

not quite the shutter rate - the camera takes time to "think". but that's basically the idea. you're right about the box - it can delay as long as you want.

7:49 PM  

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