Using Multiple Cameras For Time-lapse Photography

I see a lot of folks try to flip cameras as they go from one model to another. I know for many, the economic realty is a need to trade-in or re-sell gear in order to upgrade. The truth however is that the amount you’ll see for used gear may not be worth as much as you’d hope. I subscribe to the belief of putting the gear to work.

When it comes to shooting time-lapse, a second camera body (or even a third) can really come in handy.

  • A second body can be set to a different ISO or aperture when shooting tough exposures (like sunrise or sunset)
  • You can shoot different focal lengths on each body to create dramatically different shots. You can get your master shot and some additional angles all at once.
  • A spare body can be especially useful if you are shooting content that requires simultaneous coverage like an event or live process, such as at a construction site.
  • Shoot raw on one camera and JPEG on the other.
  • You can shoot at different intervals to produce different looking footage
Chances are you have at least a few lenses in your bag… put them into use on that next shoot.

About Richard Harrington

Richard Harrington is the founder of RHED Pixel, a visual communications company based in Washington, D.C. He is the Publisher of Photofocus as well as an author on Rich has authored several books including From Still to Motion, Understanding Photoshop, Professional Web Video, and Creating DSLR Video.

Posted on August 31, 2011, in Gear, Time-lapse and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hey Rich, that is a great idea to shoot more than one camera, even if it is my point and shoot camera.

    If you are interested I documented my first star time lapse this past weekend:

    You tutorials really helped me!


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