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Long exposure over 30 seconds with Leica CR-D1 – timer settings ++

Long exposure over 30 seconds with Leica CR-D1 – timer settings ++

This is a how to instructions guide for shooting long exposure photography and time lapse with the Leica CR-D1. Hence the title, long exposure over 30 seconds with Leica CR-D1. 😉

Long exposure and timelapse photography allows us to see processes that would normally appear very subtle to the human eye, but when captured, enables us to see that process much more pronounced – such as a beautiful sunset, a blossoming flower, or melting ice – or trails of light, such as star trails, traffic trails and steel wool photography. Below is an example, capturing the sunset in Norway. If you would like to try a timelapse, please read on – it is very easy to do once you know how to, and very impressive to your audience! – Nicole Lisa Photography


Long exposure over 30 seconds with Leica CR-D1 – Example:

Long exposure over 30 seconds with Leica CR-D1 – time lapse example. Timelapse Settings: 15 sec intervals / 1403 pictures (using a aputure timer – see below)
Edited in Adobe Premiere (click here to learn more about Adobe Premiere Pro.)

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Nicole Lisa Photography
Nicole Lisa Photography – Long exposure photo, depicting Big Ben in London. Shot using a remote controlled shutter timer – as shown below.


– Keen to try it out yourself? YES! If so, you will need:


A SHUTTER TIMER REMOTE CONTROL (for automatic photos):


Professional Timer Shutter Remote Control for Panasonic:

– The only MUST-HAVE in this tutorial, although a tripod is quite essential as well. This will allow you to set preferred intervals, which will automatically take pictures – allowing you to create the perfect timelapse. This one is especially suited for this model. CLICK THE LINK OR IMAGE to learn more about timers.

This timer works with Panasonic Lumix (GH2, G2, GH3, G3, G1, GH1, GF1, GX1, G10, FZ50, FZ30, FZ20, FZ150, FZ100, LC1, L10, L1) & LEICA Digilux (2, 3), and V-Lux (1, 2). Also compatible with PANASONIC DMW-RS1 and RSL1 and LEICA CR-D1.



Vista Explorer 60-Inch Tripod with Tripod Bag

– Stability is king when it comes to creating timelapses, even the smallest gust of wind will ruin your timelapse. This tripod is very stable, and is very easy to use – making a timelapse look professional. Click on the image or link to see more tripods.


A DSLR camera:

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Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm/F2.8 ASPH Lens:

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Transcend 64 GB High Speed Memory Card: To do long-lasting timelapses you need a high speed, high capacity memory card. This will ensure that your camera does not run out of memory at that crucial time – ruining your whole timelapse. Believe me, it happens… and it is incredibly annoying when it does (although rarely) occur. Personally, I use this memory card, but there are many others that will do the trick. Click on the image or here to learn more about this type of memory card and to see other models.

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What do you need to make a timelapse

These days all high-quality tv-programmes and documentaries, shown on Discovery, National Geography, History channel and many more are riddled with amazing timelapse photography. This article “Long exposure over 30 seconds with Leica CR-D1”, a how to guide, lets you understand just how they do it – and even teaches you how to have a go at it yourself. Here is a description of the items you will need to create your own timelapse.


1. A DSLR camera

2. A timer device (available from the link above, for your make of camera). My camera is a Nikon D600 (click this link to learn more about the Nikon cameras – opens in a new window), and so I the type of timer displayed above. This timer, which works perfectly and is very easy to use. It is the same brand.

Alternatively; you can use the software CD that came with your camera, which usually has timing software on it. However, this means you always need to have a laptop with you, as opposed to the timer, which you can take anywhere.

3. A tripod (available from the link above). It is very important to keep the camera completely still throughout the timelapse, any movement of the camera will effectively ruin the timelapse, you will see an example of this later)

4. A good location: choose a location where changes in the environment are occuring – this can be places where there are many people, a sunset/sunrise, changing tides, moving clouds etc)

How to set up your camera

  • Once you have chosen a suitable location, mount your camera on the tripod (or a stable area).
  • Auto focus on the image you will be taking. Once you have achieved focus, turn off autofocus if you are timelapsing a landscape, or a low light picture. This will save battery on your camera, and prevent shots from not being taken (due to failure of autofocus). However, if you are doing a timelapse of people it is best to leave autofocus on, as your camera will always have something to focus on.
  • For changing light conditions: use AV mode (or shutter priority), as your camera will automatically adjust to the changing light – such as in sunset timelapses.
  • Make sure your camera is not set to auto white balance, as this can create flickering.
  • To save battery – you can also turn of “image review” on your camera. Alternatively, you can use a external power source cord to avoid running out of battery.


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Another timelapse example – Long exposure over 30 seconds with Leica CR-D1:

Setting the timer

You will notice once you have your timer (or any timer) that there are four main settings:

  1. Delay – This is the delay between each shot. You can leave this at 0, unless you have a long shutter speed (night photography)
  2. Long – This is for the shutter speed, for example if you are doing a time-lapse of the stars, and you need a shutter speed longer than 30 seconds.
  3. Interval – This is how often you would like to take a picture, for a fast changing environment (sunset), a good starting point is every 15 seconds.
  4. Number of shots – this is as it says – for the number of pictures you would like to take. You can set this, but it is easier to leave the setting at (—-). This will mean the camera will just carry on taking pictures until another limiting factor means no more pictures can be taken; for example expired, empty battery or unavailable space on the memory card.
Long exposure over 30 seconds with Leica CR-D1: Timelapse of the stars, with the pictures put together in a so-called starlapse (also known as astrophotography):
Starlapse, one of the things you can do with a time lapse. Long exposure over 30 seconds with Leica V-lux 1.

General Tips

  • Shutter Speeds: pick a shutter speed which best suits the environment you are timelapsing, for example if you are timelapsing the stars, you will need a long exposure, to capture as much light as possible
  • Interval Times: For a fast changing environment, it is best to use minimal interval times, such as 15 seconds (sunrise/sunset). For a slow environment (timelapsing the construction of a building) you can use much greater interval times (perhaps 1 shot every 20 minutes)
  • Battery Power: Once you start timelapsing, you will find that your battery will last longer if you are shooting with quick shutter speeds, as opposed to those with long exposures. You can purchase an extra battery for your camera, but it may be hard to change the battery whilst not moving the tripod. A much better option for longer timelapses, is using an AC power adapter for your camera (available from amazon). One battery should last about 6 hours on an interval of 15 seconds in daylight (subjective to model and battery).
  • Image Settings: Set your camera to shoot in JPG, rather than RAW, as processing of each image will take much longer with RAW shooting (and use up the battery much quicker)


The most important aspect to time-lapse photography is the STABILITY of the camera. Do not allow the camera to move at all. Hope you enjoyed this article, if you have any questions on ‘long exposure over 30 seconds with Leica CR-D1’ or anything regarding photography, be sure to let us know in the forum. We will help you out. Guaranteed. We can even help you assemble the photos into a timelapse movie.




A inspirational timelapse compilation:

– Article – Long exposure over 30 seconds with Leica CR-D1 – instructions and settings – provided by Nicole Lisa Photography for Superstoked Surfing Magazine. Mahalo, Nicole!


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Timelapse tutorials for other PANASONIC and Leica models:


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PANASONIC camera features and article keywords:

Shutter Speed
White Balance
Picture Style
Image Size
Compression Level
Live View Magnification
Focus Control

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– How do I put the photos together into a timelapse / stop motion animation movie?

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