My Timelapse Equipment and Workflow: Part I

Disclaimer, I am not paid by any companies/brands mentioned in this post. I am just giving some love and admiration to the equipment and tools that I use.

A little late with this one, but as I mentioned in the previous post I am going to talk a bit about how I go about shooting and editing timelapse photography.

Starting off, here is the list of the equipment and tools that I use to shoot literally every single one of my timelapses.

For my camera, I use a Canon EOS 60D w/ Magic Lantern (ML) (this alleviates the need for a hardware intervalometer). For the camera I have an off-brand battery grip (Meike) and six (6) off-brand batteries (Halcyon). *Note that I used to also own a Nikon D5100, but have since sold it.

For lenses I generally use the following: Rokinon 8mm f/3.5, Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 IF-ED (w/ EF adapter), Tamron ADAPTALL 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro. And for those lenses I have various step-up/down rings to use my filters, which include a circular polarizer, variable neutral-density, neutral density 0.6, and neutral density 0.9. I also have some graduated neutral density filters but generally do not use them as they cast a lovely purple hue (sarcasm). And to keep everything clean I use a LensPen, a Giottos Rocket Air Blaster, and lens cleaning cloths.

Now for the fun part, the motion control (MoCo) hardware. Because I could not afford to purchase a legitimate motion control system I built my own in the style of the Dynamic Perception (DP) Stage Zero (though I did buy some parts from DP). It is a 4-foot 80/20 1030 1×3 rail, with a full DP Stage Zero cart, and a DP DollyShield that I soldered together and added to an Arduino UNO loaded with the DP MX2 Firmware which is enclosed in a Pelican case (forgot the model) that I drilled some holes in and installed the jacks required for the motor and power supply to plug in. Speaking of power, I use a PowerSonic 12v 12Ah lead-acid battery to power it all. Depending on the timelapse, I will sometimes use the Promote Control Bulb Ramping Assistant Kit which allows the DIY MX2 to be triggered by the camera instead of the other way around.

Regarding support, I use a couple of cheap Dolica AX620B100 tripods with the MoCo along with a Vanguard SBH-100 ballhead on the cart, and some random Velbon tripod that I got at a thrift store for $9 with a Manfrotto 701HDV fluid head.

That is about it when it comes to the equipment that I use for shooting timelapses.

That will be it for now, check back in a few days for Part II. Thanks for reading!

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