Time lapse photography is pretty neat, but the gear needed to make it happen is not terribly cheap. DIY options do abound, but are often rather complicated to setup and usually only work for a small number of cameras. One of the nice things about this project, the DIY Intervalometer, is that it is inexpensive to make, straightforward to use, and it works with most DSLRs. 3 cheers for Instructables!
This nifty device for time lapse photography is brought to us today by Instructables user Randofo
. Although it was designed for his Penatx DSLR, this intervalometer should work with most major brands of DSLR cameras such as Nikons and Canons.
How does it work? It works by triggering the shutter using the camera's remote trigger port. Worried about the focus? It can also auto-focus before each shot if so desired (or this can be disengaged). The brains of this intervalometer is our old friend, the Arduino chip. Unlike some other projects we have seen, no advanced electrical skills are required as this project has a very simple circuit that is not that hard to make.
With our trusty new soldering set up (thanks, mom!) at the ready, we are eager to try our hand at this project. Not only will this finished product do what we need it to do, but it will also look nice while it is doing. Yeah, we're suckers for old school dials and switches.
Check out the post on Instructables, for the easy to follow instructions.
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(Image: Instructables User Randy Sarafanlicensed for use under Creative Commons)