this is what i call a scratch test. you basically set up your shot, turn the camera on then start lapsing immediately. then adjust your settings properly and continue to shoot and finish the sequence.
the advantage to this technique is that you get to see your own creative process, both beginning and end. this is actually your most creative time, and when most happy accidents occur. if you are not shooting, how can you record your ideas, good or bad?
the saying goes, it's better to do it wrong rather than right because you can't learn anything from doing it right. and with timelapse that can't be more true. make mistakes, try things you know are going to blow. then study them afterwards and determine what value it has to you as a photographer.
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