I learned a few things over the weekend about timelapse and my slider.

Drove up into the mountains for a camping weekend with my youngest daughter and I thought I would share some of the footage from a video I made from our trip and some of the things I tried and learned. I omitted most of the closeups of my daughter.

I tried two different methods with the time lapses. The time lapse of us setting up the tent was done on manual mode and the other was on time priority. I used manual mode to see if I could rid it of flicker I have had on previous time lapse but what I got when the clouds came in and out was an over exposed image. I won’t try that method again where the light changes so dramatically.

When we took the tent down in morning there were no clouds which is typical for a Colorado morning and I tried time priority mode and didn’t notice any flicker. I really like time priority because I can drag the shutter and get a nice smooth consist ant look. I used an ISO of 100 and a shutter of half a second. The only thing that changed was the aperture, and I really never noticed the depth of field change.

The only way I could pull off half second shutter times is with my Lightcraft Workshop variable ND filter which I really love. As far as I can see, it does a great job of reducing the light entering the camera without adding any color shift. I highly recommend this filter for timelapse and getting shallow DOF in bright conditions.

The other thing I tried was, instead of using a wide angle lens mounted on my Konova slider I wanted to take myself out of my comfort zone and tried using portrait lens for slider moves. All the slider moves I showed earlier were taken on the Konova slider with the Canon 50mm 1.8 lens, and I was surprised that I worked pretty well, heck I think the one shot of the minivan could belong in a car commercial.

I am heading back up to the mountains again (Moraine Campround in RMNP) this weekend with my oldest daughter and my goal is to get some timelapse of the stars because last weekend it rained and the moon came out. Perhaps I can come back with something that even Tom Lowe could be proud of.

Thanks to Denkitribe with his song “Gain” for allowing me to use it here.

Product Used in this Video

Konova Slider
Lightcraft ND timelapse shots
Canon T2i

23 comments

  • Dave,
    Nice examples of time lapse with different settings. I have a few questions:
    Did you use Magic Lantern?
    Did you use Mirror Lockup in ML?
    What interval did you use for each picture?

    I’m using the latest version of ML on my T2i and not having any luck getting the Mirror Lockup to work.

    Thanks,
    Tom

  • @utah62
    The 50mm f/1.8 has a filter size of 52mm, so you will need to get a filter in that size. You can find the filter size on the specs pages from the manufactures websites, ie. this page for the lens in question.

  • Thanks for the video Dave. A lot of people recommend buying a large filter (Lightcraft Workshop variable ND filter ) 72mm and then buying step-down rings ($6-12) for each of there lenses.

  • Wow! Looks very high level!

    Got hungry after watching the cooking part =D

    Did you use the Cinestyle profile and the LUT profile in post for videos?

    Best regards

  • Hi Dave : ).

    VERY good!

    The variable ND filter helps A LOT.

    We’re just putting together a time-lapse video consisting of short time lapses from the Rockies.
    Without the filter and with f/16-22 – every little speck of dust on the sensor showed up on
    all the pictures.

    Sensor swab and more to the rescue … as well as Spot removal tool from Adobe helped.
    Lots of extra work, though.

    Here is a great video on how to batch remove dust spots using Adobe tools:
    http://digitalslrshooter.com/#/remove-dust-spots/4541638922

    With the filter, the incoming light can be regulated, f wide open… and like you’ve said…no effect on the color of the pictures.

    Looking into… http://www.thewhippersnapper.com/LittleBramper/Site/Home.html … for better exposure control.

    Will send a link once the video is done if that’s okay with you 🙂

  • Dave, from what I understand, when shooting time lapse, the camera isn’t always precise on the exposure, so you will occasionally get a flicker in just about any timelapse you shoot. Granite bay software makes a plug-in called GBDeflicker and it seems to work fairly well at taking out the flicker. You can check out their website here…

    http://www.granitebaysoftware.com/Default.aspx

    I’ve just used the trial version and it seemed to work for me, however, I’ve only used it once or twice, so I don’t have a lot of experience with it. I’d like to know if anyone else has had success with it.

    James

  • @James

    We’ve been using a full version GBDeflicker V2 for about two weeks with great results.
    The software is easy to use.
    The rendered deflickered files do look much better.
    We use the stand alone version.

  • The Lightcraft fader ND is okay but there is considerable loss of sharpness. Especially with lenses with more reach.

  • Nice video Dave, I’ve tried timelapse and used QuickTime pro to import image sequences. It works fine but I can’t add music. What did you use to edit this timelapse? What is the workflow?
    Thank you

  • Been watching your videos for some time Dave and they look great, am using a Canon Vixia HFS 200 for some time now, hope to get a T3i next month. I think it was a great idea not showing a closeup of your younger daughter. As parents (I’m a grandfather) were are always watching out for our kids. My only suggestion was that maybe you might want to blur out your license plate on your vehicle next time. Maybe I’m over paranoid, but if someone wanted, they might could track your home location from this information. Keep up the good work, looking forward to more quality videos as always.

    Todd

  • Hi Dave! As usual, another trial I can appreciate. Like Rob, I would like to know how you moved your camera on the Konova slider while you were taking your timelapse shots. Thanks for the time you spend putting these things to the test for the rest of us!

  • Dave,

    I think I asked this question before but here it goes again. I really enjoy your videos and I noticed you are now making the video with clickable links that are videos. This is a really cool effect and was wondering if you could share this technique.

    Thank you again and keep up the great work!

  • Hi Dave,
    Really enjoying your videos. Im also wondering how you did the smooth move with the konova slider as its not motorized. Did you do a set number of images and then move it a couple of mm; and keep repeating that process?
    Ali

  • I just purchased a Canon T3i with the following filters: UV, Polarizer, and Florescent. What does the ND filter do that they don’t? And what ND filter should I buy if I get one?
    Thanks,
    John Padgett

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