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Post I need intervalometer and DSLR setting recommendations.
First time poster, excited to be apart of the timescapes.org community.

I have an upcoming gig where I need to use my Canon 7D and intervalometer to save space on my CF-card of a client who is being transformed into an Orc for a convention coming up called "Monsterpalooza".

I have never tried shooting a smooth, no drag, consistent timelapse that will take several hours of a person in a chair of a hotel room.

I am most likely using my Canon 50mm f/1.4, and have the TC-80N3 intervalometer.

I am posting to the board because I am looking for preset recommendations for this setting and situation, for the shutter speed I should use, and the intervalometer rate for a several hour make up transformation.

I have a tripod, and understand the white balance and manual settings, but am more so interested on what I have stated above.

I understand that 24fps x 30 seconds = 720 photos, but after that I am a little green.

Thanks in advance and hope to hear from some of you soon!

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Sun Mar 16, 2014 11:42 am
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Post Re: I need intervalometer and DSLR setting recommendations.
4 Hours is going to be the maximum duration of the make-up, so I figured that 4 hours in seconds is 14400 seconds and then you divide that by 720 for the 30 seconds of footage I am looking for which makes the intervalometer rate of 20 seconds.

Is this is a safe rate or does it make more sense to shoot a photo every second or several seconds and then batch them that way?

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Sun Mar 16, 2014 1:49 pm
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Post Re: I need intervalometer and DSLR setting recommendations.
If you can fit more shots on the camera's card then I'd shoot more shots - don't forget power for the camera - it's probably going to need external power or a battery grip with extra battery.

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Sun Mar 16, 2014 2:50 pm
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Post Re: I need intervalometer and DSLR setting recommendations.
Sounds like a fun project! I would suggest an interval of 5 seconds. There are going to be sections where you'll want to see more detail. You can always drop frames or speed up any boring bits later. A slow shutter speed is a good idea as it will blur fast movement. Something around a 5th of a second should work ok. However I suggest you do some tests with stand ins to find the most pleasing setting to your eyes. Are you using any lighting? A continuous source soft box to give the light some consistency over the 4 hours would be my choice.


Sun Mar 16, 2014 3:40 pm
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Post Re: I need intervalometer and DSLR setting recommendations.
eggmedia wrote:
Sounds like a fun project! I would suggest an interval of 5 seconds. There are going to be sections where you'll want to see more detail. You can always drop frames or speed up any boring bits later. A slow shutter speed is a good idea as it will blur fast movement. Something around a 5th of a second should work ok. However I suggest you do some tests with stand ins to find the most pleasing setting to your eyes. Are you using any lighting? A continuous source soft box to give the light some consistency over the 4 hours would be my choice.


Thanks! The 1/5th of a second sounds great. It's a hotel room so the day light from the windows was what I was planning on banking on, no other lighting I need to lug around, I have some hotshoe LED light if I do plan to go that route.

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If you can fit more shots on the camera's card then I'd shoot more shots - don't forget power for the camera - it's probably going to need external power or a battery grip with extra battery.


Thanks for the advice, that is a really good idea, I have a battery grip, but didn't think to myself for the external power source. Worse comes to worst I may cut the intervalometer after 2 hours and use the media that I have obtained up until that point.

Thanks to the both of you for the quick replies, and I look forward to the browsing of these forums in the future.

I will post the final edit of the shoot once finished in early April sometime.

Cheers.

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Sun Mar 16, 2014 3:56 pm
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Post Re: I need intervalometer and DSLR setting recommendations.
This is the rig, with said Intervalometer hanging out on the slider portion of the sticks.

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Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:05 am
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Post Re: I need intervalometer and DSLR setting recommendations.
A quick edit of the behind the scenes I shot of my good friend #monstermaxson being transformed into an Orc from Lord of the Rings for California annual convention known as "Monsterpalooza". The very talented Missy Munster did all of the practical effects, from the molding of his facial pieces to the color and textures of the final look.

This video follows a "day in the life" of a monster actor from the simplest tasks all the way to full make up before the convention.

[Note] The first time lapse I had setup I was 500 photos in when I realized that I left the auto-focus on. #rookiemove, but the second one turned out much better I feel, a little blown out, but it got the point across. The make up artist had a tendency to move the actor around, which halted the process, but I feel much more confident going into time lapse setups by going through this trial and error process.

Thanks again! and I hope you enjoy our Monster!


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