Intervalometer welcomes you!
I will cover aspects of time lapse photography from a novice/enthusiast standpoint and show you how I am creating great videos using a point and shoot Canon with free software and without the need for an intervalometer.
I am using the Canon SX230HS and getting great results…you don’t need an expensive DSLR to make these impressive videos. I will show you how I do it….
Once you go time lapse you never go back!
Here’s a great video just to wet your whistle (I did not make this video by the way…)
How I got started with time lapse photography…
There seemed to be a surge of these videos on the internet and I really enjoyed watching them – some were extremely creative (check out my top 10 favourite time lapse videos). My curiosity got the better of me and I had to investigate how these are made. I was quickly disappointed because my quick initial research made me believe you needed an expensive DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera and other professional equipment. But then I stumbled upon CHDK (Canon hack development kit) – I explain this fully here and how you can install it on your Canon camera. In a nutshell, the CHDK allows a point and shoot camera (must be Canon) to delve into the DSLR world of capabilities; it can enable intervalometer settings (time interval settings required for time lapse photography), motion detection and so much more!
So, I figured out the way to make my point and shoot camera take photos at set intervals (using an intervalometer script, not an actual physical intervalometer) so that I could then stitch all those photos together and make a cool video. My first attempt even turned out great and is keeping me inspired to move on and keep improving.
I have learned lots of tricks along the way and I want to share those with you all. I found an amazing piece of software (for free of course!) that is built specifically for this purpose, it is brand new, top of the line, easy to use and feature rich – you can see my review on it at My Equipment.
While I was setting up for my first time lapse session I came to the realization that my camera will only shoot for as long as my battery lasts…well, I thought my whole endeavour was for naught because what’s the point of a time lapse that only spans 2 hours? Since I cannot plug my camera into AC power and feed it a continual power stream (which most cameras cannot do nowadays) I was almost ready to give up…but then I discovered the solution – check it out at My Equipment!
With all these things in place I set out to make some videos and it has been a very rewarding experience…you can do it too!! Just browse around this site and you will have the know-how to make your own video in no time!!
Thanks for coming and enjoy!