timelapse photography with Olympus OM-D cameras
- the main purpose of timelapse photography is to create a series of images over time which can then be recompiled into a movie format where time appears to have been sped up
- it is also used in astrophotography to create multiple exposures of the same subject which are then “stacked” on top of each other to build up a image to bring out more detail in dim subjects such as deep sky nebulae and glaxies
- traditionally, photographers resorted to various methods of achieving this:
- manually pressing the shutter release for each shot
- using a cable remote control device with computerised algorithm to act as an intervalometer
- using a laptop connected via a USB cable to act as a remote control device
- using a smartphone via a special cable from the headphone socket to act as a triggering device (eg. Trigger Trap for iOS)
- using a smartphone via WiFi to act as a remote device
- older Olympus cameras could have a pseudo-intervalometer mode by using the “Antishock” setting as the interval, and setting the drive mode to continual burst see here for instructions on the antishock method for the E-M5
- many cameras including the Olympus OM-D cameras now have a dedicated built in intervalometer mode which makes this much easier
Olympus OM-D intervalometer mode
- NB. NOT available on the E-M5 - must use the AntiShock method
- in the Menu, go to camera 2 and select Time Lapse Settings ON
- then right arrow button to select options:
- Frame count = how many shots you want to shoot (up to 999 on the latest cameras)
- Start Waiting Time = initial delay to start shooting
- Interval Time = time between shots
- Time Lapse Movie = if ON, then in addition to recording the individual stills, it automatically converts them into a 720p 15fps movie in the camera
- most people would prefer to create the movie on a computer so they can choose their own movie size and frame rates, post-processing, etc.
- you could potentially create your own 1080 or 4K HD timelapse video on a computer
- if using long exposures
- if camera is set to BULB or TIME in shutter speed, the exposure will be fixed at 60secs!
- THUS use a timed long exposure shutter speed instead.
- ensure you have sufficient power for the duration of time lapse
- consider using the optional grip to add a second battery or connect to AC power
- if using a flash
- ensure the interval is longer than the flash recharge time otherwise the flash will not fire
- AF and touch functions
- If the AF mode is set to [C-AF] or [C-AF+TR], it is automatically changed to [S-AF].
- Touch operations are disabled during time lapse shooting.
Olympus OM-D Live Composite mode
- the Olympus Live Composite mode is an extension of the Time Lapse mode, Olympus Live Time mode and multiple exposure photography with Olympus OM-D cameras, but instead of recording sequential shots, automatically “stacks” them on top of each other but only adding the brighter areas in each subsequent image
omd/timelapse.txt · Last modified: 2015/11/02 20:47 by gary1