3 methods to make a perfect timelapse
Lots of ways exists to help you in shooting a timelapse. Each has its pros and cons. We’ve chosen to introduce you some of them among the most popular. By the way, we have used each of them when making our Easter timelapse :
1. Magic Lantern
Magic Lantern is a free add-on made for the Canon EOS reflex. This adds several functionalities to your camera. Thanks to Magic Lantern, you can use an intervalometer on your camera ! Indeed, this feature isn’t natively integrated in most of the cameras. Through this feature, you can choose the duration between each shooting. The installment of Magic Lantern is quick and easy. You’ll need to put a file on your memory card, switch to the manuel mode and push a button (usually the Q or the trash button) of your camera to enter the Magic Lantern mode.
Unfortunately, every Canon EOS reflex aren’t supported. The website of Magic Lantern lists the most part of supported cameras. In the case where yours isn’t integrated, there’s other solutions.
2. An intervalometer
An intervalometer is a kind of remote control (usually wired) letting you to control your cameras remotely. You can also set it up to take pictures at a regular interval. Then, you are free to move off the place where is your camera since it’s self-sufficient.
A ten-dollars intervalometer fit the bill but you can look for a more expensive model with more features. It’s the core item for anyone willing to make a timelapse !
Pulse is a connected camera remote close to an intervalometer. Made by Alpine Labs, it connects your camera to your smartphone through bluetooth. Lots of features like timelapse are then provided. You can shot timelapses by setting several parameters directly from your phone : the date the picture shooting starts, the time between each shoot. You can see how many pictures will be taken and the progress.
It main asset is that once set up, you can close the app or move off your camera. More than that, it helps the transition between day-taken pictures and the night-taken one.
4. And then ?
Once you’ve choose a method and set your camera, you need to make sure your device will be steady during all the time it takes pictures. A tripod is essential. You have to prevet your battery from being discharged and an extra battery can be useful.
Our advice is to take pictures in DNG format, which is the raw format which gives more flexibility in the editing. When every pictures are taken, you have to edit them with a software made for it. Adobe Lightroom is the one we use, less expensive than Photoshop and specialized in the picture processing. You can for example edit all the pictures at the same time without overwriting the original version and sort the pictures. We will made an article dealing specifically with it.
Finaly, you just need to export your pictures in JPEG and put them on our web app, my.enlaps.io to mount a timelapse easily ! Besides that, a video explaining the way our app works is available on YouTube here.
Part 2 of the video: here
Part 3 : here