1. Shoot JPGs to save time.
I know … blah, blah, blah, I only shoot Raw. Well, think about this. A Canon 7D Raw files is 5184×3456 pixels but the Full HD Video image is only 1920×1080 pixels. That means the HD video image is only 12% of the Raw image size. Do you really think someone will tell the difference? If you have the extra time to convert Raw files and then downsize them, go for it. But remember, it takes 24 frames for 1 second of video and 1440 frames for just 1-minute of video.
2. Use Canon’s TC-80N3 to automatically shoot interval frames.
Canon’s TC-80N3 is a wired remote which will trigger the shutter based on its programmed settings. If you have used it before, be warned that it operates a little differently with the Canon 7D.
- Set the the Interval Mode to the desired time-lapse. For example, for street scene, use 2 seconds. For night sky photo, set the interval to at least 30 seconds. Remember that the shutter speed must be faster than your interval.
- Set the Counter to 00 for unlimited photos.
- Use only the start/stop button to control the photo capture. Do not use the Shutter Release button and lock. It will disable the start/stop function when used with the Canon 7D.
3. Plan your scene to include a mix of stationary objects and moving subjects.
Buildings and trees give the video a consistent reference point while the cars and people move about. If everything is moving, the video will be too distracting to watch.
4. Slow moving objects can be great subjects to animate.
Cars stuck in traffic suddenly come to life in a time-lapse sequence. LED signs and even big screen displays also work well.
5. Composition Rules apply to video too.
Even though you are shooting video, you cannot forget all your experience as a photographer. Try to plan your composition, but remember the public at large has free will. There is something about using a tripod with a large lens and microphone that brings-out every Idol-wanna-be.
Check back tomorrow for Tips on Converting the Image Sequence.
NOTE – There are now alternate Interval Remote Timers for the Canon 7D! See my article on Time Lapse Video & the Interval Timer Remote.