How to Benefit from a Digital Camera Interval Timer

Are you fond of capturing images that need to be shown in sequence? Or are you planning to engage in such activity known as time lapse photography? If so, then you need the help of an interval timer.



The so-called time lapses are ideal when you need to show how a process is done such as how a flower comes in full bloom or how to build a play or bird house, for instance. The images are then joined together to create a slideshow.



An interval timer may be built in your camera. A camera remote for time lapse may also help in such cases. Digital camera brands that have this feature include the Nikon DSLRs, all current Pentax SLRs, all Ricoh compacts, Samsung WB 2000 and Olympus SP-800. For those using the Canon and Sony DSLRs, you will need an external interval timer as it's not a built-in feature. You can also use a remote control by a third party manufacturer.



When taking time lapses, it's a good idea to use a tripod to ensure that your digital camera is steady and focused all the time. The tripod has to stand on a solid surface and placed in an area where it won't be disturbed. Find a good place where your camera has a good view of your subject but keep in mind to consider the sun's movement while you're capturing your preferred sequence.



To make sure that you get a clear picture, you will have to pre-focus on your subject. Set your camera into manual mode and switch the auto white balance to manual mode as well. A manual exposure is likewise ideal if you're capturing a subject under fixed lighting.



If you choose to shoot at night and at short intervals only another tip is to use a higher ISO. This should be your best option as well if you're shooting moving objects or subjects.



Experts point out that you can achieve quality images if your device has the camera remote for time lapse. However, you will have to use the high-capacity memory cards for this purpose.