Preparing to Shoot

The key to a successful time-lapse project is simple: Set up the camera someplace interesting, and then don't move it. Not a smidgen. Not a breath. While this sounds easy, you might be surprised at just how much you bump into your camcorder in the rigors of using the thing. Even if you set the camera on a table or use a tripod, just touching the record button to turn it on and off is too much contact. So part of preparing for a time-lapse shoot is finding the remote control that (hopefully) came with your digital camcorder. You may have thought the remote control was only for playing back tapes, but the control also has a red record button, and this is what you should use to start and stop your camera when you create a time-lapse project.

With camera and remote control in hand, you're ready to find a subject and get set up.


Your tripod doesn't have to be a fancy, pricey model designed for video; it can be an inexpensive, old still-photography tripod. The difference is in the headthe top part of the tripod that holds the camera and swivels around. For video, the swiveling must be slow and smooth, and the mechanics to execute this (usually involving something known as a fluid head) are expensive. A still-photography tripod just needs to lock the camera down and hold it stationarywhich is much more affordable. Jennifer uses a tripod that's about 25 years old but works like a charm.

Apple Training Series iLife '06
Apple Training Series: iLife 06
ISBN: 0321421647
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2006
Pages: 142
Authors: Michael Rubin © 2008-2017.
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