How to time lapse with Nikon D3100 – a how to time lapse guide.
This is a how to instructions guide for making timelapse photography with Nikon D3100. Hence the title, how to time lapse with Nikon D3100. 😉
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. 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
How to time lapse with Nikon D3100 – Example:
How to time lapse with Nikon D3100 – time lapse example. Timelapse Settings: 15 sec intervals / 1403 pictures (using a aputure timer – see below)
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– Keen to try it out yourself? YES! If so, you will need:
A SHUTTER TIMER REMOTE CONTROL (for automatic photos):
|SHUTTER TIMER remote control:
– 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 Nikon model. CLICK THE LINK OR IMAGE to learn more about timers.
|Vista Explorer 60-Inch Lightweight 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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ACCESSORIES – NIKON BATTERY:
Nikon Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery – Nothing more annoying than running out of battery in the middle of a timelapse or astrophotography session. Make sure to always bring an extra battery. Click on the image or here to get one.
ACCESSORIES – HIGH CAPACITY MEMORY CARD:
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.
What do you need to make a timelapse
These days all high-quality tv-programmes and documentaries are riddled with amazing timelapse photography. This article “How to time lapse with Nikon D3100”, 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 use the timer displayed above. This timer, which works perfectly and is very easy to use.
Alternatively; you can use the software CD that came with your camera, which usually has timing software on it. However, this mean 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 Canon external power source cord to avoid running out of battery.
Another timelapse example – How to time lapse with Nikon D3100:
Setting the timer
You will notice once you have your timer (or any timer) that there are four main settings:
- Delay – This is the delay between each shot. You can leave this at 0, unless you have a long shutter speed (night photography)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 enviroment, it is best to use minimal interval times, such as 15 seconds (sunrise/sunset). For a slow enviroment (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.
- 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 how to time lapse with Nikon D3100, be sure to let us know. We will help you out. Guaranteed.
A inspirational timelapse compilation:
– Article – How to time lapse with Nikon D3100 – instructions and settings – provided by Nicole Lisa Photography for Superstoked Surfing Magazine. Mahalo, Nicole!
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Timelapse tutorials for other NIKON models:
- How to time lapse with Nikon D90
- How to time lapse with Nikon D3000
- How to time lapse with Nikon D3100
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