Derek Mellott is no stranger to Timelapse sliders and dollies, he is a genius. In fact our most popular slider design on the blog is Derek's design. Today, Derek explains how to DIY the Slidetracked, a fully featured, easily assembled, 3D printed DIY dolly. If you just want the features, but do not want to build one, you can get a pre-assembeled one from Indiegogo too.
Apparently taking a sequence of images for a time lapse is no reason enough, and you need to be able to tell what "they are for" or prepare to get busted.
That was the sad experience of Pennsylvania based photographer Jason Macchioni.
It is not often that we see tow of our favorite techniques used in a single film. photographers Colin Mika & Brandon Vedder of All Cut Up Films created this beautiful time lapse of Los Angeles with a twist (or actually two).
The first is that the entire film was shot through a snow globe, which I assume means that the camera was upside down for the entire duration of the shoot.
The second is the use of paper cut filters to achieve a shaped bokeh.
We don't usually share time lapse movies here on DIYP, but this one seems to innovative to ignore.
Peter Chang used an array of Canon 5D Mark IIs, camBLOCK and Dynamic Perception motion control sliders to capture both indoors and outdoors timelapse scenes in 3D. (Of course, if you have more time than money, you can always build your own).
While Peter says this is not the first attempt of a 3D motion control time-lapse it is certainly a very impressive one.
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If you ever did any moving time lapse you know the challenges involved in making such a movie.
You would need a rail, a carriage, a precise and slow motor to drive it software to control the camera, power and a few other bits and bytes. To get an understanding of how complex such a project can be, check out the Slider project by Derek Mellott - a beautifully engineered piece of work.
Videographer J. P. Morgan put up another video describing how to shoot a time lapse. It is a bit different from the regular time-lapse sequences we usually see in two ways:
A - it is all done in a controlled studio environment using big guns, and B - it is moving the lights on a slider rather than moving the camera.
Adding up the cost of flashes, sliders and studio space, I arrived at about $36,864. I wonder if anyone out there knows if a similar thing has been done at a home friendly budget. Or is willing to take up the challenge.
Photographer and Videographer Stefan Kohler came up with a complete DIYed Slider system built on top of the Igus platform for bones, a stepper motor for muscles, and an Arduino for brains (and lots of hard labor for hearts).
Time lapse movies are getting more and more attention now. And as time lapse movies are getting more common, it takes more to create an outstanding time lapse. That more is moment. (There is a very good intro by Vincent Laforet on that).
If you want more control that what you get from a rotisserie grill or an egg timer, we have the project for you. Motorized sliders start at about $700, but if you have the spare time and solder mania you can get by at about $100 (and a pen) with a build guide from Jeff Tolentino.
Here is a nifty idea. Use a couple of cheapo IR LEDs and a nimijack from your neighborhood RadioLove store and you can make your iPhone into a Camera Super remote.
DSLRbot ($4.99)is a simple playback application that plays WAV files. Interestingly, the WAV files it plays correspond to commands used on DSLRs infrared remotes. In turn, those can be used to make time lapse sequences, HDR bracketing and all kinds of similar tricks. Compare that to your over $100 Nikon or Canon Intervalometer. Click to continue ›