- Thu Dec 20, 2012 8:22 pm
Really depends on your camera. A lot of point and shoots will do well with auto settings, though you may notice some flicker. If you use a dslr or something that gives you a greater control over your shot, you need to bring your A game... especially if you're including a night time series of shots as part of your time lapse. I too use the masking tape method for the tripod, but on the side of obsessive. I take it step further as well with marking my plant location within a cheap 1x2 frame that's clamped on the rack and lining up the pot again after waterings. 3 Marks, front and both sides... marked on the frame and container.
Do yourself a favor, and think of time lapse as a single shot and not to skip the details. Prepare, prepare, prepare. Think about your framing, and if you have the ability too, use RAW files and manual exposure. Try to avoid flicker as much as possible, as it can ruin your time lapse. In the matter of 1 hour, the subtle light variation can be a pain in the neck. Also, choose the right lapse for your project. The longer the interval the faster the motion the shorter the video, and vice versa. Also keep in mind the duration of your final project. At 30 fps, your 20 second video is going to need 600 frames!
I'll be starting one AGAIN, in the spring lasting through next spring. I missed quite a few weeks very early in my last attempt so I trashed it. Live and learn. I'll be doing several lapses over the course of the next few months.