At the end of March we released our Timelapse Pro app, to give our talented Triggertrap timelapsers more flexible and powerful timelapse creation options. Timelapse Pro takes everything that makes using Triggertrap Mobile for timelapse so good, and combines it with advanced features–such as creating your own timelapse sequences–to form a super versatile timelapse app.
To help anyone who's downloaded the Timelapse Pro app make the most out of it, and to give people who're contemplating giving it a go a taste of what it can do, we've put together some Top Timelapse Pro Tips. There might even be a suggestion or two that takes you completely by surprise.
One feature that is often overlooked in Timelapse Pro is the handy Power Saving setting. Next time you're setting up the app, switch on Power Saving and the screen will dim when you start your timelapse. This way you can squeeze every bit of juice out of your phone's battery.
One of the super handy features on Timelapse Pro is the ability to build up and save timelapse sequences. While this is useful for building up specific timelapses and for recurring projects, one of our favourite uses is having a library of presets. This way you can start off a timelapse for your favourite subjects, for example clouds, water, or the stars, within a few taps.
We've put together some presets to cover a range of scenarios. All you need to do is copy the details below into separate sequences to build up your very own preset library. Of course, you can totally ignore these and build up your own library with the settings of your choice. All of our presets are based on a 10-30 second clip played back at 30fps.
Fast clouds: Interval: 1s - Stop: 300 Exposures
Slow clouds: Interval 10s - Stop: 300 Exposures
*Stars: Interval 16s - Stop 600 Exposures
Moving water: Interval - 1s Stop: 300 Expoures
Crowds of people: Interval - 1s Stop: 600 Exposures
Sunrise/Sunset: Interval - 1s Stop: 45 minutes
*Stars timelapse is based on using a 35mm lens on a full frame camera, with an exposure of 14 seconds to prevent trailing. Learn more here.
A Photobooth with a timelapse app?!
You're probably reading this and thinking how on earth can a timelapse app help me set up a photobooth? Well, it's pretty simple.
One of the things we get asked for every now and then is a solution for a photobooth that lets you set the delay, number of shots in the sequence, and the interval between shots... now, if you've given Timelapse Pro a go, those settings will sound awfully familiar.
The Timelapse Pro app lets you set all of the above into a sequence. To try out this idea, we've set up a sequence as shown in the screenshot. This sequence waits 10 seconds after the button is pressed (to allow for the victims to get into place and strike a pose) then takes four photos, five seconds apart to allow people to shake up their poses.
The result is four photos, hopefully all a bit different and entertaining, which you can cobble together into a neat little collage.
Top Tip! Enable Guided Access on your iOS device so that only the red button can be activated. We don't want people switching the app to Angry Birds when we're not looking, do we?
Shoot awesome star trail timelapses
Did you know that you can also use the Timelapse Pro app to shoot star trails? No? Well you do now! The main difference between using the Timelapse Pro app and Triggertrap Mobile app to shoot star trails is that you'll need to set your camera to the correct exposure length, then set up your delays to correspond to the shutter speed you need.
To set this up, follow these easy steps:
- Pick your shutter speed–30 seconds works well. Set your aperture and ISO so that you get a good exposure.
- Open the Timelapse Pro app and create a new sequence titled Star Trails (of course!)
- Add a 5 second delay module, this lets the tripod steady comfortably
- Set your interval to equal your exposure time + 5 seconds (so in this case, 35 seconds)
- Set the stop to 100 exposures (or more if you so desire)
When you're ready to go, hit the red button, sit back, and relax.
At the end of the sequence, you'll be left with a set of images, perfect for assembling into a timelapse or for stacking up into a star trail. You could even give StarStax a go and create an awesome clip of the star trails building up.
Our friend and master of timelapse, Davide Roveri, gave us these top tips for whenever you're shooting timelapse of the stars.
1. Make sure you turn off any image processing, especially noise reduction. A lot of cameras have this turned on by default, so double check before you start as you'll miss lots of shots if the camera is processing the files.
2. Check, double check, then triple check the focus using live view. Relying on autofocus, or even just the marking on the lens can be really, really risky!
The right length clip for the job!
If you've shot timelapse before, you've probably realised that you've just wasted an extra half hour shooting frames you'll never use, or even worse, you've probably got home and realised that you only have half the amount of photos you need for your 30 second clip. It's an easy mistake to make. If you know exactly how long your clip needs to be, you can work out how many frames you need. Now if only there was a really easy way of doing this...
The timelapse calculator lets you easily calculate the number of frames you need, and even helps you calculate your interval. Simply open the calculator and fill in each step with your desired settings and, as if by magic, all of the hard work is done for you and your sequence will be ready to go. You'll be able to go home knowing you've got just enough files for your desired clip. Phew!
Start your sequence from your smartwatch
So, you're a tech savvy timelapse photographer rocking the latest Pebble smartwatch? We've got you covered! Start your timelapse sequence from your Pebble smartwatch, using the wearables setting and the Triggertrap Pebble app. Make sure you have the Triggertrap app installed on the Pebble and that your watch is paired to your phone, then jump into the settings in Timelapse Pro and flick the wearables switch. Easy!
Open up your timelapse sequence then hit the trigger button on the watch to begin the sequence! Neat eh?
Don't worry Apple fans! Apple Watch support is coming very soon!
So, with these handy tips you'll see that Timelapse Pro is a super versatile app, and it's capable of much more than just shooting timelapses! Have you already used Timelapse Pro and found a neat trick we should know about? Let us know in the comments!