Time-lapse Video of Sunrise...
As many of my friends out there in Facebook asked me on How I did this OR How they can do this, I am giving a small write-up with some tips:
First things first:
> First thing you need to do is fix up the frame and location
> Know from the locals on exact time of sunrise and approximate location of it.
> Try to do it with a wide angle lens, in my case i used a Canon 10-22mm on my EoS 7D body
> Have a sturdy tripod, to avoid shake in middle. I used a 12KG load capacity Benro tripod
> Fix up the time-lapse period you want to capture. In my case the sunrise was at 6.35am. I shot from 6.10 to 7.10am.
Settings and capturing:
> First set your cam sturdily and lock it firmly after deciding on the frame and angle
> Check your focus length and change the AF mode to manual. Set manual focus to infinity
> Go to settings and change the resolution to minimum.
> When you are going to make a video of 1920 X 1280, what is fun in taking images at 5184 x 3456 ? which will eventually eat your memory both on cam and while on processing
> Go to cam settings and change "Review Time" to 0sec. default would be 2sec. Why to waste battery for display when you are going to shoot hundreds of images of a known frame.
> Set your mode to "P" Program mode and set your exposure. This is subjective, In my shot i kept in -1/3 exp.
> keep your ISO in minimum (100)
> Connect your intervalometer to your cam. intervalometer model and connection depends on your cam's compatibility. I used a Aputure-Pro Co-worker. http://www.aputure.com/en/product/wireless_timer_remote.php
> Do the settings to take shots at interval of 5sec each. When 10 sec is also ok, I chosen 5sec to have a smooth video
> Just take shooting, for first few shots check out the exposure in between for frames and better capturing
> Let the cam do the rest for next 60 min.... or what ever you set, don't go nearby and don't allow anyone near the set up.
>You may use a filter if required, I used a CPL to avoid scattered light after sunrise.
Creating the video:
> After transferring the images, keep in a single folder arranged as per the file name.
> The easiest way to create time lapse is to do it with "Picasa" photo editor.
> after transferring the folder with files to Picasa, you are just few clicks away
> Just click the icon above on "Create movie Clip" and set the transfer rate to 24 FPS / 30 FPS
> For example if your capturing for 1hr at 5sec interval, you will get 720 shots, when you play at 24FPS you will get a video for 30sec / 24sec respectively
> Now you are done with our time-lapse video, you can enhance it IF REQUIRED with any video editing S/W. I didn't do any in my video.
Hope the above work flow is useful, if you have any clarifications / comments / suggestions please ping me on:
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