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  1. 1. DSLR Photo Tip, Give Time Lapse Photography A Shot!DSLR Photo Tip, Give Time Lapse Photography A Shot!Continuing with our series of DSLR photo tips on features your Camera has but you probablyarent aware of, or using Todays photo tip involves time lapse photography.This one will make a TERRIFIC weekend project and will create something few if any of yourphoto friends have ever done. Many may not have even seen it done!But, Ive got some bad news for you Canon owners. You probably dont have this feature builtinto your camera. (In a minute, Ill show you how to do it anyway!)You Nikon owners are golden!In a Nikon DSLR, the time lapse photography feature is built in. You can find it in the menu itis called interval timer shooting.In case you dont know, time lapse photography is a series of photographs of the samesubject taken over a period of time and then put together in a video series.You create the shots by setting up your camera on a tripod and shooting a frame every second,two seconds, every minute whatever you decide is the best interval.It can create some pretty interesting little 25 or 30 second videos!Of course you want subjects that will change in some way over the course of the shooting, butcan still be photographed from one location.For example, shooting a flower as it opens up, or a sunset, sunrise, fast moving clouds youname it. Here is your chance to do something truly creative and learn more about how yourcamera works all at the same time!You will most likely want to set your camera on manual so that the Exposure settings remainconstant throughout the interval.With a Nikon, just find the interval timer shooting menu. Then first you can decide to delay thestart of the shots or start immediately. Next you will enter how many hours minutes and secondsbetween shots. An example would be 01:05:15. This example is telling the camera to take ashot once every hour, five minutes and fifteen seconds.If you wanted a shot every 10 seconds, the setting would be: 00:00:10.Then enter the total number of shots you want in total. A good tip here is to set this as high aspossible because you can always stop it later, but you cant add. 1/3
  2. 2. Finally the third number is how many shots you want the camera to take between intervals.Since you most likely set the timer in the first set of numbers to correspond with each shot youwant, this number will be set to one.Then you are done and can start shooting!If you have a Canon camera system, as of this writing, they havent yet added this functionality.(As far as I know.) But all is not lost.There is a way!There is a cable release system built for Canon that has a timer and can be set to shoot thetime lapse photos. They only cost a few bucks and may be worth having. In addition to timelapse photos, they can be used as a normal single shot timed Shutter release to avoid camerashake in your landscapes.Here is a really ugly link to check them out, just copy and paste it in your browser:http://www.amazon.com/mn/search/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&field-keywords=Aputure%20Timer%20Camera%20Remote%20Control%20Shutter%20Cable&linkCode=ur2&tag=parttimephot-20&url=search-alias%3DelectronicsOnce you have your photos, you can edit them if necessary in Photoshop or Gimp ( Gimp isfree) then save them all in one folder which you will then upload to Picassa (Picassa is free too!)Make sure all the photos are selected and click the Create Movie Presentation icon.The photos are immediately made into a movie! Then in the editing options select TransitionStyle and finally from the drop down select Time Lapse. Select the frame rate and video sizeyou want. Click the create movie button and Picassa will compile the Images into a movie thatyou can then save.For a fun weekend project, use todays DSLR photo tip and try doing some time lapsephotography! ANY project you do that can teach you more about your camera will eventuallyshow in your other work, so it is worth while even if you arent particularly interested in timelapse photography.If this daily tip was a nice review of what you already knew GREAT! If it taught you something you need my On Target Photo Training course. All of it, right now!http://ontargetphototraining.com/KinOrder1Dan EitreimDan@OnTargetPhotoTraining.comP.S. I can open the door, but YOU have to walk through!2/3
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