Time Lapse

Discuss cameras, settings, composition, or anything related to photography - cactus or other subjects.
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Time Lapse

Post by PJP »

Many newer cameras (bridge, Micro 4/3, APSc, Full Frame) have the capability to record time lapse. I found that my 4 year old Panasonic bridge FZ-300 has this capability. This comes really useful to record night blooming cacti. https://www.flickr.com/photos/pjpfeiffe ... 833355238/
Some tips from experience:
  • set focus using a flash light
    take a couple test shots immediately prior to starting time lapse
    shoot in manual
    use a flash diffuser if using pop-up flash
    set white balance to flash
    start with a fully charged battery
    use a tripod and turn camera image stabilization off
    for flower openings 1 to 2 minute intervals between captures
    greater number captures produce smother action
    use jpg only - there will be way too many pics to develop from raw
    camera might shut off between captures - probably will resume with all settings
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Re: Time Lapse

Post by DaveW »

Yes flash solves the lighting problems as if just using available light you can see the light varying between frames if the sky clouds over or the sun comes out.
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