Time-lapse photography with digicam

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Frankie V. Fernandez, MD, Feb 13, 2005.

  1. I have a Canon Powershot G3, with intervalometer capability. Does any body
    know of any software that can
    process the images into a single time-lapse photo? I know there is a film
    camera offered at National Geographic called
    the Super Sample Time-Lapse Camera.

    Thanks in advance!

    Frankie
     
    Frankie V. Fernandez, MD, Feb 13, 2005
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    Martin Guest

    I used the freeware Slide Show Movie Maker to turn some time lapse sequences
    into AVI format video.

    Works ok but has some limitations on filesizes that it can produce.

    Look here http://www.joern-thiemann.de/tools/ssmm/index.htm

    Martin.
     
    Martin, Feb 13, 2005
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  3. I don't need time-lapse movie software, just merge two or more time lapse
    images into a single photograph.

    But thanks for the reply!

    Frankie
     
    Frankie V. Fernandez, MD, Feb 13, 2005
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  4. Can it output to still photos? I don't need time-lapse movie software, just
    merge two or more time lapse
    images into a single photograph.

    But thanks for the reply!

    Frankie
     
    Frankie V. Fernandez, MD, Feb 13, 2005
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    Paul Mitchum Guest

    You could layer them in Photoshop (or GIMP) and adjust their opacities
    and blend modes... That would also let you mask out parts where you only
    wanted one exposure to show through.

    There's also Image Stacker. I can't vouch for it since I'm using a Mac,
    but look at those neeto star trails in the gallery. :)

    <http://www.tawbaware.com/imgstack.htm>

    You can also do this kind of stuff in ImageMagick from the command line.
     
    Paul Mitchum, Feb 13, 2005
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  6. Something like that. I've seen these photographs on magazines or on ESPN
    where they would show a gymnast or figure skater performing a move framed
    several milliseconds at a time. I've tried photoshop and am asking for a
    less expensive software application.
     
    Frankie V. Fernandez, MD, Feb 13, 2005
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  7. Thanks Paul!

    Image Stacker looks like it. Photoshop is somewhat expensive for home use.
     
    Frankie V. Fernandez, MD, Feb 13, 2005
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    dylan Guest

    Paint Shop Pro ?
     
    dylan, Feb 13, 2005
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    secheese Guest

    Most image editors that support layers will do what you want.
    Effectively I think you're looking to take many images and make one
    multiple exposure.
     
    secheese, Feb 14, 2005
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    secheese Guest

    Paint Shop Pro 9 at $129.99 CAN is the cat's ass!
     
    secheese, Feb 14, 2005
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  11. : Something like that. I've seen these photographs on magazines or on ESPN
    : where they would show a gymnast or figure skater performing a move framed
    : several milliseconds at a time. I've tried photoshop and am asking for a
    : less expensive software application.

    Several suggestions have been made but I will point out one other
    consideration, there are multiple ways to produce one of these
    images in non digital ways. Some of them use a dark background and a
    strobe light while a camera is held open on bulb (or set to a long
    exposure). Thus in one image the position of the subject is recorded each
    time the stobe flashes. And since the shutter is open the entire time, all
    of the images are captured on one frame. This effect could easily be done
    in digital (with a camera that can be set to long exposures or bulb). If
    the moving object is slow enough, and the location is dark enough that
    overexposure isn't a problem, you could even simulate the strobe with a
    hand held (and manually triggered) flash. I have even seen great photos
    from caves where a single person with a flash managed to light an entire
    large cave room with only one flash unit. They wandered around the room
    with a manual flash "painting" the room with many many flashes while the
    camera's shutter is held open. Some of these last photos have had
    "exposures" of half an hour or more!

    One other way that previous "strobe" images were captured were with movie
    film (and more recently with video) where the images are all captured
    individually but are printed (or video displayed) on a single image. With
    video, there are specialized effect machines that will capture each image
    and hold in the screen for a set time, while the next image is captured
    (1/30th of a sec later for NTSC) and also displayed with the first one.
    This continues until the first image times out and begins to fade. This
    effect would work (with some effort and skill) in photoshop (or similar
    "layers" style editing programs) but you need to cut out all but the
    primary image from each layer so that the lower layers will show through.
    This would be easier if your subject is moving infront of a solid color
    background to make "selecting and cutting" the background easier.

    Randy

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    Randy Berbaum
    Champaign, IL
     
    Randy Berbaum, Feb 14, 2005
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