I wrote earlier on about my contact with CHDK and how I tried to do some time lapses. I was fascinated how easy this technique is and how powerful the visualizations are. I had my first failures and I did some of them again. I will return to this point at the end.
This post is called lessons learned, because I just want to recite some things which are obvious, but should be kept in mind.
- Time lapses take time – so plan ahead
- Time lapses need space on your memory card – 4 GB might be not enough, with 16 GB you are on the safer side
- Time lapses are battery hungry – so plan ahead
- If you have to run on battery, make sure your battery is full at the start.
- Turn off all the things you do not need: Most important is the display. Turn off the replay of the shots, turn off live view and all these energy destructing elements. You do not need focus assistant. When you set up you should know where the focus is and maybe:
- You should think if you want the RAWs of your pictures. If you use LRTimelapse to develop the RAWs you need the RAWs, but the RAWs only, you do need the JPEG. Every file you save costs energy. Space is not the problem. Energy is.