Yesterday I attended a workshop hosted by Canon Collective a social community by Canon Australia where they gave us a taste of Timelapse photography. Emma Desira was our host who welcomed everybody to the workshop and started by explaining the concept and background of Timelapse photography.

The workshop was hosted near the Archibald Fountain in Hyde Park, where we all met up. We setup near a T-intersection where traffic was moving in all three directions. The idea was to take 240 to 300 shots all 3-seconds apart and then compile them into a video later on.

Emma had scouted two interesting locations the night before and had us setup our cameras with tripods in both locations. After we were done shooting, she booted up her computer and showed us how to process some of the images into a sequence. Here is a quick Timelapse sequence that I shot with my iPhone 6 of Emma.

At this workshop I had brought along the Canon 80D with a Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 lens. And of course the newly acquired TriggerTrap Mobile Dongle kit to control my camera while taking these series of image sequences. I have to say that the combination of the Mobile Dongle and their App is super easy to use and setup. It does a great job and give you loads of information such as how long you’ve been shooting for and how many images have been taken.

Finally after getting home I put the lesson into practice and edited the two sequences into a video clip. Here is the final resulting Timelapse.

Getting started in Timelapse

  • You’ll need a tripod and intervalometer along with a camera
  • Have a fully charged battery at hand or a few of them.
  • Workout how long of a video footage you want eg. 30 seconds
  • Calculate you single exposure length at night it might be 1-2 seconds. Let’s assume 1 second exposure.
  • At a video of 30 frames per second we need to capture 30×30 = 900 shots
  • Depending upon the length of time you want to condense into the timelapse you can set your Interval. 30 minutes of time  is 1800 seconds. So each shot must be 1800/900 = 2 seconds apart.
  • As the exposure alone is 1 second long our Interval must be 1 second as well.
  • Setup your camera in Manual Focus and Manual mode (Shutter speed and aperture are locked)
  • Setup your intervalometer and sit back and listen to some tunes on your phone.

This should work fine as long as you have fast enough card otherwise you might need to shoot for a longer period.