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Macro Photography Guide | Time Lapse Photography | Time Lapse Videos

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Time Lapse Photography Camera Settings

Macro Photography – Close Up Photography – Digital PhotographyTime Lapse Basic Photography: Recommended Photography Settings used in my Time Lapse Standard Photography Video.

My Time Lapse Videos were shot with my Sony Alpha 77 II and Sony Alpha Lenses. An Energizer Intervalometer was used to control the Camera’s Shutter Release. An Intervalometer controls the start delay, duration of shots and the number of shots taken and is an essential part of the Time Lapse Equipment required.

Macro Photography – Close Up Photography – Digital PhotographyI often extend the length of the Intervalometer Cable by adding 1 Meter Extension Cables or 5 Meter Extension Cables.


Reviews Best Time Lapse Photography Lenses
Reviews Best Time Lapse Photography Lenses

Sony 16–50mm Zoom Lens

Intervalometer – Automated Camera Trigger.
• You MUST use a very solid Tripod.
• Use Manual Mode M – Verify the Exposure.
• Manual Focus with Yellow Peaking Color.
• f/8 is a good Starting Point.
• ISO 100.
• FN – DRO Auto: On
• FN – Creative Style: Vivid
• 1/125 Shutter Speed.
77mm ND Filter or 77mm Circular Polarizer.
• Image Size: Small for 1920x1080 HD Video.
• Aspect Ratio: 16:9 HD Video Size.
Intervalometer: 1 Shot every 2–3 seconds (30 shots per minute to 20 shots per minute). I use 30 fps for Hi-Res.
• Once Setup, Shut the Camera’s LCD to save Power and Protect LCD.
• Moisture – Check the local weather forecast for rain. Cover Camera.
• Heat – Protect Camera from Direct Sun that can Overheat the Camera.
• Video Production Software: QuickTime Pro 7 (available for Mac and Windows for $35).

Remember to reset the camera settings back to the standard settings after use.

Intervalometer runs on 2 AAA Lithium Batteries.
Time Lapse Photography Camera Settings
Time Lapse Photography Camera Settings

Time Lapse Photography Camera Settings

Macro Photography – Close Up Photography – Digital PhotographyTime Lapse Macro Photography: Recommended Macro Photography Settings my Time Lapse Macro Photography Video.

An Energizer Intervalometer is used to control the Shutter Release. The Intervalometer controls the start delay, duration of shots and the number of shots taken. An Intervalometer is a must have device for any type Time Lapse Photography.

Macro Photography – Close Up Photography – Digital PhotographySometimes I extend the length of the Intervalometer Cable by adding 1 Meter Extension Cables or 5 Meter Extension Cables.

Time Lapse Photography Camera Lenses
Time Lapse Photography Camera Lenses

Sony 50mm Lens or Sony 100mm Lens

Intervalometer – Automated Camera Trigger.
• You MUST use a very solid Tripod.
• Use Manual Mode M – Verify the Exposure.
• Manual Focus with Yellow Peaking Color.
• f/16 or higher is a good Starting Point.
• ISO 3200.
• FN – DRO Auto: On.
• FN – Creative Style: Vivid.
• 1/125 Shutter Speed.
55mm ND Filter or 55mm Circular Polarizer.
• Image Size: Small for 1920x1080 HD Video.
• Aspect Ratio: 16:9 HD Video Size.
• Use a LED Ring Light.
Remote Power Supply – This can take all day and the Camera Battery might not last.
Intervalometer: 1 Shot every 1 minute for slow Opening Flowers. I use 60 fps for Hi-Res.
• Once Setup, Shut the Camera’s LCD to save Power and Protect LCD.
• Moisture – Check the local weather forecast for rain. Cover Camera.
• Heat – Protect Camera from Direct Sun that can Overheat the Camera.
• Video Production Software: QuickTime Pro 7 (available for Mac and Windows for $35).

Remember to reset the camera settings back to the standard settings after use.

Intervalometer runs on 2 AAA Lithium Batteries.
How To Shoot Time Lapse Photography Videos
How To Shoot Time Lapse Photography Videos

How to Photography Time Lapse

Time Lapse Photography is the art of shooting thousands of images, one every few seconds, then using Post Production Software (Apple QuickTime) to turn the thousands of images into speeded up video, compressing many hours of images into just a few seconds of high speed video. The timing of the shooting is done with an Intervalometer, which is a timed camera trigger device.

Time Lapse Macro Photography

Shot much slower at 1 shot every minute (Intervalometer Setting) at 60fps for Super Hi-Resolution Quality.

Time Lapse Standard Photography

Shot at 1 shot every 2 seconds (Intervalometer Setting) 30 Shots per Minute at 30 fps for Standard Quality.

Battery Life for Time Lapse Photography
Battery Life for Time Lapse Photography

Camera Battery Life is Critical

For the Standard Time Lapse Photography Example, I shot 5,400 Images (60 x 60 x 1.5) over 1.5 hours, at 1 shot per second, to get a smooth flow of 3 minutes of Final Video at 30 fps. The Camera Battery Life was about 1.5 hours using a Sony Alpha Camera Battery. I had the camera covered up using a 3X Mossy Oak T-Shirt, from the direct sunlight, but even at the 1 mile high elevation, it was still pretty warm out. The Intervalometer was still running fine on two Energizer Lithium AAA Lithium Batteries. If you plan on taking longer than 1.5 hour Time Lapse Photos, you might want to use a Remote Power Supply, and attach it to an AC Power Supply or AC Field Inverter. Closing the LCD Monitor will also help save power.

Macro Photography – Close Up Photography – Digital PhotographyOnce you start shooting Time Lapse Photography, you can’t touch the camera, the Intervalometer or the tripod. I always shoot with a fresh Sony Camera Battery and a new pair of Energizer AAA Lithium Batteries in the Intervalometer.

The Intervalometer Calculator
The Intervalometer Calculator

Intervalometer Calculator

Video Length of the Time Lapse Video

This is the first thing you need to decide on. 10 seconds, 20 seconds and 30 seconds are common Time Lapse Video Lengths for Macro Photography. Multiply the Video Length x 30 fps to determine the Number of Shots Required. Divide the Number of Shots Required by the Shots per Minute, as set by the Intervalometer, to determine the Shooting Time in Minutes.

Super Hi-Res Shooting Time (m) = (Video Length (s) x 30) / Shots per Minute)

Reviews Best Time Lapse Photography Lenses
Reviews Best Time Lapse Photography Lenses

Intervalometer Calculator

Time Lapse Macro Photography

Sony 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens
A 10 Second Video at 60 fps Super Hi-Res Quality will require (10 x 60) or 600 Total Shots. Set the Intervalometer for 1 Shot every minute. This will require 600 Total Shots divided by 1 Shot per Minute (600 / 1 = 600) or 600 minutes or 10 Hours of Shooting Time. Plan on this being an all day activity.

Super Hi-Res Shooting Time (m) = (Video Length (s) x 60) / Shots per minute)
(10 x 60) / 1 = 600 minutes = 10 Hours at 60 fps Super Hi-Res Quality

Reviews Best Time Lapse Photography Lenses
Reviews Best Time Lapse Photography Lenses

Time Lapse Standard Photography

Sony 70–200mm f/2.8 Telephoto Zoom Lens
A 60 Second Video at 30 fps Standard Quality will require (60 x 30) or 1800 Total Shots. Set the Intervalometer for 1 Shot every 2 seconds or 30 shots per minute. This will require 1800 Total Shots divided by 30 Shots per Minute (1800 / 30 = 60) or 60 minutes or 1 Hour of Shooting Time. If you end up shooting too many frames, and the video is too smooth, you can always drop out half the frames. Bring a chair and something to read.

Standard Shooting Time (m) = (Video Length (s) x 30) / Shots per minute)
(60 x 30) / 30 = 60 minutes = 1 Hours at 30 fps Standard Quality
Time Lapse Photography Post Production
Time Lapse Photography Post Production

Time Lapse Photography Post Production

Macro Photography – Close Up Photography – Digital PhotographyFor Post Production Software, I use QuickTime Pro 7 (Mac and Windows for $35). This is actually very simple and easy to use on my 27” iMac.

1) Once you have a few thousand or so 3008x1688 images shot (16:9 HD Aspect Ratio), transfer all of the Time Lapse Camera images from the camera into a Folder called “Time Lapse Images”.

2) Launch QuickTime Pro 7.

3) Select File: Open Sequence – Select the “Time Lapse Images” Folder of Images.

4) QuickTime Pro will ask you to select a Frame Rate. It is important to select the correct frame rate at this point. I have good Luck with 24 fps to 30 fps. Selecting 30 fps will slow down the action if 24 fps is too fast. Anything below 24 fps will be too choppy.

Time Lapse Photography Eats Up Storage Space
Time Lapse Photography Eats Up Storage Space
5) Once all the images have loaded into your Computer, QuickTime Pro (wait about one minute), select File: Save and name it “Time-Lapse.mov”. The imported files are still too large (3008x1688) to use for HD Video and will need to be Exported and Resized down for HD Video Format, for either 720p or 1080p format.

6) Select File Export and select 1280x720 or 1920x1080 size, depending on the HD quality you want. No Cropping needed as the video were already shot in 16:9 format. Name the Export “Time-Lapse-Final.mov”. This Final Silent Video file can now be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo.

7) If you want to add Music to the Final Video (Adds More Interest), now is the time to do it. It works better if you trim the Video Length to match the Music Length, so they start and stop perfectly in sync. Open the mp3 Music File in QuickTime Pro, Select All and Copy. Switch to the Final Movie File, and Select “Add To Movie”. Trim the Final Video Length if needed to match the Music Length. Play. Save File. The Final Music Video file can now be uploaded.
Time Lapse Photography Field Gear
Time Lapse Photography Field Gear

Time Lapse Photography Field Gear

Macro Photography – Close Up Photography – Digital PhotographyTime Lapse Photography requires a very solid Tripod and an Intervalometer, with extra Energizer AAA Lithium Batteries.

Preparation is everything in Time Lapse Photography. Everytime I venture out, I always have a purpose and the proper equipment, camera lenses and camera settings.

Unlike some Time Lapse Photographers, I don’t carry everything that I own in my Camera Backpack. I try to travel very light when hiking on Remote Mountain Hiking Trails in the Western North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains!

Time Lapse Photography Field Gear
Time Lapse Photography Field Gear

Time Lapse Photography Field Gear

Sony Alpha 77 II
• Spare Sony Alpha Camera Battery
• Spare SanDisk Extreme Pro SD Card
Sony 70–200mm f/2.8 Telephoto Lens
Slik Pro 700DX Tripod
Zeiss Pre-Moistened Lens Cleaning Wipes
Digital Holster Bag 30
Energizer Intervalometer Remote Trigger
Little Stuff It Pouch
• 4 Energizer AAA Lithium Batteries
1 Meter Extension Cable
5 Meter Extension Cable

Time Lapse Photography Field Transport Gear
Time Lapse Photography Field Transport Gear

Time Lapse Photography Field Transport Gear

My Energizer Intervalometer Remote Trigger fits perfectly into my Little Stuff It Pouch which connects onto the back side of my Digital Holster Bag 30 bag.

In my Little Stuff It Pouch I also carry 4 Energizer AAA Lithium Batteries for my Energizer Intervalometer.

I put a set of fresh Energizer AAA Lithium Batteries in the Energizer Intervalometer each time I use it.

I carry a fold out lawn chair and a book or something to read, as Time Lapse Photography can take over an hour to setup and shoot.

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Reviews Best Hiking Boots and Socks
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