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How to create a time lapse video with a Camera - Page 2.

Nikon P7000 on a GorillaPod "hangin' out" on a cruise ship balcony.

If you are doing time-lapse from a balcony on a cruise ship, be aware that if you are in port, maintenance crews often paint or power-wash the side of the ship during that period.

So try to keep the camera out of harm's way should the crew be working in the general area of your balcony.

Also, if possible, keep the camera out of the sun, especially in the Caribbean. The camera will naturally heat up as it takes time lapse photos (and the shorter the interval, the more the camera will heat up). And if the hot Caribbean sun adds to the heat on the camera, it could easily overheat and shut down.

And don't be afraid to take a tripod with you on your cruise for setting up a time lapse video.

I am using a Benro Travel Flat tripod, which packs very well in my carry-on luggage. I cannot imagine taking any other kind of tripod after having success with this model.

Again, keep the tripod back from the precipice of the balcony - especially when in port - if you value your camera gear.

I have also been experimenting with a "magnet-pod" of my own design and plan on using it on a future cruise. This seems to me to be almost the perfect way to mount a camera - as long as ships continue to be made from steel.

Here are a few tips to conserve power:

  • Most cameras have an adjustable "Image Review", which is the feature that displays the photo you take in the LCD for a few seconds. See if you can turn it off, which will save on battery power.
  • If your camera has a manual-focus option, use it. Set the focus to the desired point, then turn autofocus off. This prevents draining the battery due to focusing the lens for each photo.
  • Turn off any other unneeded functions, such as GPS, IR Remote, and WiFi connectivity if your camera has them as they all take extra power.

Take a few test shots to be sure you are zoomed in enough to "see the action", and that there are no obstructions in your photo, such as the balcony railing. If your camera has an aperture preview button, use it to ensure the full range of your intended subject area is in focus.

You are now ready to take the time lapse photos. Simply start the time lapse function on your camera or attached intervalometer, then go to the beach for the afternoon.