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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.

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omd/timelapse.txt · Last modified: 2015/11/02 20:47 by gary1

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