5 Accessories for Time-lapse Photography
by Aaron Nace
October 14, 2014
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It seems you can’t turn a corner today without seeing a time-lapse clip.
From appearances in commercials, tourism ads, cutaway scenes in television shows (House of Cards), and even musicians using the films in the Background during their Performances…time-lapse photography is a huge market! This has sparked a huge growth in entire lines of equipment designed specifically for the time-lapser!
We’ve been dabbling in the Time-lapse world here at Phlearn, and have even had a few successful masters visit us this summer such as Shane Black, Michael Shainblum, and Joel Schat! Because of this we’ve decided to share with you some of our suggestions for gear & accessories based on what we’ve tried out, and their alternatives.
Intervalometer (Professional)View on Amazon
The main Tool for all time-lapsing! You can enter pretty much any setting, duration, and interval for your shoot! Using the remote, instead of the system built in to your camera will give you more freedom and stability in your shot. The Canon/Nikon Branded remotes are built specifically for their cameras and you know will give you the best of the devices abilities.
Intervalometer (Budget)View on Amazon
“No-Name” Brands will get the job done, but often times they come with less features and capabilities. These “off market” brands are still a fantastic way to get started and your time-lapses looking great! Keep in mind, that often times the budget brands are not designed to withstand long term and harsh environment use like their professional Level counterparts are. Regardless, knock-off or original, you’ll need an intervalometer to start shooting epic time-lapse films like Shane Black’s Adventure is Calling!
Power Bank (Professional)View on Amazon
The one thing that seems to happen on every time-lapse or video project, is your camera runs out of power before you run out of shot opportunities! With the right accessories you can keep your camera & accessories charged during those long shots. The ChargeTech PLUG is perfect for this. It’s a BEAST that just never seems to give up!
Power Bank (Budget)View on Amazon
Every mobile photographer’s secret weapon. Power and charge any of your A/C or USB enabled devices. Great for keeping you and your accessories charged and rolling in critical moments! It’s not as powerful as a giant pack, but it’s far more compact and mobile
Time Lapse Motion Controller (Professional)View on Amazon
Allowing both panning and linear motion control, the Syrp Genie is the last motion controller you will ever need for time lapse photos. Only 4? and 3 lbs, it packs a ton of professional level features into a tiny form factor.
Time Lapse Motion Controller (Budget)View on Amazon
If you’re not ready to invest in a big Motion/pan head for time-lapse and video, but you still want to incorporate some motion in your time-lapse, the Flow-Mow is a great place to start! With a single axis limit and rotation of counterclockwise only, it has a slow and consistent 2 hours of motion for you to shoot video or Time Lapse with!
Camera Slider (Professional)View on Amazon
Combine the power of a motion head with a rock solid dolly/rail system that will let you get shots and angles you never thought possible!! The super powerful motor will let you capture controlled motion at insane angles!
Camera Slider (Budget)View on Amazon
A great entry point for a photo/video slider system! While this system doesn’t come with a motor it’s possible to DIY-rig this up with the Flo-Mow mentioned above to add a little extra flair to your time-lapse!
Remote Camera Controller (Professional)View on Amazon
This is an amazing accessory for anyone who needs to monitor and/or make changes to your time-lapse but NOT interfere with the camera! With this device and app, you can control everything on your camera to get the most detailed shot without ever touching your setup!
Remote Camera Controller (Budget)View on Amazon
This is in the budget category, but it’s still a fantastic app/addition for Time Lapse! This device does more than just time lapse, it’ll do distance/hyper lapse, noise activation, tell you the sunset/sunrise hours, and much much more! It’s a versatile Tool for the starting time-lapser or even the seasoned pro looking to explore in some other areas without having to invest heavily in gear!