Shooting Time-lapse? Get More Power.

Depending on the duration of your record time, you may run out of power with the standard in-camera batteries.  Easy right… just swap ‘em.  Oh wait, taking the camera of the tripod would screw up the consistency of the shot. Even if the batteries are accessible, you still want to avoid touching the camera. A subtle change in framing from a bumped camera will quickly destroy the illusion.

Try this instead:

  • Get a Grip. You can extend the life of your camera’s power capacity by using a battery grip. These can  attach to the bottom of your camera and allow you to use an additional battery (or even a higher capacity battery).
  • Go Direct. The other option is to switch to AC power. You may need to pick up the adapter as most camera’s don’t include one. Just make sure you have a backup plan like a generator or extension cords.

About Richard Harrington

Richard Harrington is the founder of RHED Pixel, a visual communications company based in Washington, D.C. He is the Publisher of Photofocus and Creative Cloud User as well as an author on Lynda.com. Rich has authored several books including From Still to Motion, Understanding Photoshop, Professional Web Video, and Creating DSLR Video.

Posted on February 16, 2012, in Gear, Time-lapse. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Don’t fgoert that adobe CS3 has a 30 day demo for free! There seems to be no limitations, so if you can’t afford to buy it, at least you can use it for a month. :)

  2. Do you have details of how to go about doing time lapse?

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