Moving over the face of the Earth Timelapse from Laww Media on Vimeo.

Greetings, planet Earth.

Remember when exquisite timelapse photography was the exclusive domain of expensive cameras, bottled up and sold by the likes of the BBC Motion Graphics library?

Now a Canon SLR camera well within the reach of mortals is more than enough. Filmmakers Laww Media of Wollongong Australia, makers of quite a bit of nice footage, took the footage above with a Canon 7D and a remote.

What’s your preferred timelapse rig? And I’m especially curious, what sorts of software timelapse do you use?

By the way, if you want to live the SLR capture lifestyle, Vimeo has you covered, complete with educational videos like the one below. I’ll say it again – yes, it’s fun having new cameras in mobiles like the iPhone and newer Android devices, and yes, they keep getting better. But if you can add a couple of pounds to your rig when you walk out the door, the actual cameras have become a nice way to capture video. (And yes, video cameras still have their appeal, too.)

DSLR Show – Color Space from Conscious Minds Productions on Vimeo.

  • Beautiful video. I tried some time-lapse stuff a month or so ago with mixed results.

    I was using my girlfriend's Nikon D300S, which is a fairly high-end DSLR ( so I was surprised and disappointed that the time lapse setup has been limited (crippled?) to 999 photos. 999 photos played back at 24fps is just 42 seconds of film, so we couldn't use it for the project I was working on.

    I think there are ways around it, but they involve buying additional, expensive accessories.

  • Joseph

    You could trigger the stills via software?
    This one is not free but I'm sure there are cheaper / free alternatives..

    Nikon have something that can do this too.. Camera Control Pro I think..

  • cj

    I've been gathering up time for awhile now, and the neatest rig I've seen.. egg timer and iphone. Lately I've been really loving older powershot cameras (S1) for their optics. Last week I drove through Glacier National Park with a camera on the roof, showing the entire Sun Road in 2 minutes. From deciduous to coniferous to tundra (with 8' snowbanks) in a minute.. then back down.

    There's also this new garden cam that shoots timelapse for $160 bucks that I've heard is a great wearable cam. Runs 4 days on a battery!

    The shot above Peter isn't all that great. Looks to be someone's "sampler pack". Maybe that'd be a good vimeo channel.. personal-koyanaskatzi…


  • pob

    Not exactly time-lapse but some other time accumulation nevertheless.
    I use one pinhole camera over several months. I load the camera with regular black and white paper. I don't process the pictures chemically. There is a enough of a picture by the sole effect of light on the sensitive paper. You can't even fix the sheet of paper in the end because the picture is too faint and would be bleached by the fixer.

    I recommend these sites if you're curious:

  • slipdraft

    I got a richo gx100 a few years back really nice little camera, It has a built in intervalometer and pretty good battery life

    Here's a few timelapses I shot with it…

  • deepvisual

    Nikon d300s? I have a timer from china I got on ebay for one 20th of the price of the nikon one, works fine too. goes until you fill the card up..

  • deepvisual

    2 things…
    re colourspace – he omits to mention DSLRs shoot VIDEO in 420, they shoot stills just fine thanks..

    for some adult timelapse check Dubassy with his panomachine..

  • can someone please tell me the name of the song on the first video??? thank you!

  • Tschoepler

    "gPhoto2 is a free, redistributable, ready to use set of digital camera software applications for Unix-like systems. It supports more than 1200 cameras.[…]gPhoto2 runs on Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, MacOS X, etc."

    nice little cmd–line–tool. I used it with MaxMSP (shell object) on OS X 10.6. The only problem I discovered was a delay of 1sec. between trigger and shot. But it's free and terminal! 🙂