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Drew Keo
Tips for shooting Time-Lapse with NX5U
on Mar 16, 2012 at 3:32:20 pm

I've never shot a time lapse video before, but a project I am working on calls for an exterior time lapse of an office building.I am shooting with Sony NX5U.

I am looking for any tips. Otherwise I just plan on putting the camera on a tripod, pressing record and hanging tight. But I am wondering if I should be using any type of shutter speed, shooting mode, etc to achieve a good final product.

Much appreciated.


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john lenihan
Re: Tips for shooting Time-Lapse with NX5U
on Mar 16, 2012 at 4:20:52 pm

Drew,

The thought behind the settings for time lapse are the same as regular. Only you have to think of how the scene will change and where the light will be coming from throughout the duration.

1. Start with the thought of everything automatic.
2. Then think of what are trying to show, if it is the building itself, I would go to manual focus, and focus on the building. That way autofocus won't change due to things moving in the picture.
Then start thinking about overiding the automatic settings.

3. If things are going to be moving in your picture, like cars moving, decide if you want them to show up, or don't. If you do, then you want to shoot at a higher shutter speed, like around 1/200th of a second. If you want them to not show up, then go slow like 1/60th.
4. The leaves your aperature as the only thing left. Let that stay on automatic.

5. Alternatively, if you want to make sure everything is always in focus, set your iris to something smaller, like 5, or 6. Then let the shutter speed change automatically.

John Lenihan

LeniCam Video Productions
http://www.lenicamvideoproductions.com


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Drew Keo
Re: Tips for shooting Time-Lapse with NX5U
on Mar 20, 2012 at 8:16:27 pm

There is no time-lapse setting on the NX5U that I should be aware of correcT?


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Drew Keo
Re: Tips for shooting Time-Lapse with NX5U
on Mar 20, 2012 at 8:17:47 pm

If I place the camera outside my office for 1-2 hours while the sun is going down, will that be sufficient for time-lapse effect in post?


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john lenihan
Re: Tips for shooting Time-Lapse with NX5U
on Mar 20, 2012 at 8:34:26 pm

A lot changes during two hours at Sunset time. It should look very nice.
John

John Lenihan

LeniCam Video Productions
http://www.lenicamvideoproductions.com


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john lenihan
Re: Tips for shooting Time-Lapse with NX5U
on Mar 20, 2012 at 8:25:13 pm

There is not one that I am aware of either.

To shoot time lapse you need an external device that controls the camera through its lanc remote control jack.

Here are a couple.

http://www.bmumford.com/photo/spec.html
http://www.pixcontroller.com/

John

John Lenihan

LeniCam Video Productions
http://www.lenicamvideoproductions.com


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Drew Keo
Re: Tips for shooting Time-Lapse with NX5U
on Mar 20, 2012 at 8:33:46 pm

Hi John,

Is it not going to work if I just went out and stood by the camera for 2 hours and then speed up the footage in post?

Andrew


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