Shooting Time Lapse Photography with an Intervalometer

As always, I must apologize for the lengthy delays between posts here – been busy on many fronts. I’ve had some fun updates lately that are worth sharing though as my brother-in-law just purchased an 80D and his questions to me have given me new interest in putting out some content to share here on the blog. Toward that end, I have put my trusty rusty 40D up for sale (so if anyone is interested, let me know – I’ll give you a pretty sweet deal! πŸ™‚ ).

Additionally, with questions coming in to my mailbox regularly (and also through Quora), the subject of time lapse photography (and of course the related question about intervalometers) has resurfaced for me to address. Β For regular visitors, you may recall a while back I posted an article about them here: An Interva what?

In answering a question on Quora, I also decided to record a video to share with those that are interested as well. Here’s the full monty:

I’ve also covered shooting time lapse content before on your mobile device (for me I used an iPhone). You can watch that time lapse video here:

Along those lines, there’s more content to come! πŸ™‚ I’ve been playing around with videos on the 70D, time lapse, and much more, so be sure to stay tuned as I hope to be updating on a much more frequent basis moving forward! Happy shooting!

Canon 40D For Sale Cheap!

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Goodnight Sweetheart, it’s time to go!

Yes, it’s come time to brush the dust off the Canon 40D and let it go on to a new owner. I’ve owned this for a number of years, and it’s been absolutely wonderful to me. It’s still got a lot of life left to give though for the right beginner, as a backup, or even as a rental if you run workshops, seminars, etc. and could use something like this. Not asking a lot – the eBay auction is starting at $250, and it includes a lot of extras:

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For anyone interested, or if you want to forward this on to anyone who might be interested, here’s the link to the eBay auction:

Photography for 2016

SLR Megapixels

The world of photography has seen a lot of changes in the past 30 years. Ever since the development of the first true digital camera, change has been inevitable, and the only thing that will ever stay the same is more and more change. New bodies, new cameras, new sensor technology, and much much more is likely to come. So how does one keep current in the ever changing world? It’s not easy, but perhaps a dose of what things used to be versus where we are today may help keep your photography in perspective for 2016 and beyond. Enjoy!


A long time ago round about 1990 A.D., the world of photography opened up to the digital world and the first digital camera was born.


It came from Nikon in an upgrade to the F3, released in 1991. It had a whopping 1.3 Megapixels but was a bit cost prohibitive to the masses. It took until about 2003 for an affordable SLR to enter the marketplace, and Canon produced the Digital Rebel with an earth shattering 6.3 Megapixels.

Nikon F3 Circa 1991
Nikon F3 Circa 1991
Canon Digital Rebel Circa 2003
Canon Digital Rebel Circa 2003

The Megapixel Race

The Megapixel race/war was on, and the two biggest players – Canon and Nikon battled for market dominance. Other players also included Panasonic, Sony, Olympus, among others (and many still are – in fact some of these labels in todays market now perform as well as if not better than Canon and Nikon in some areas).

The traditional thinking for photography enthusiasts was that an SLR was the only way to go if you wanted superior images. The logic here was that because it has a larger sensor, it can accommodate more megapixels, and produces less noise and ultimately has better image quality. While this still holds true for the most part, the world of photography has changed substantially since 2003.

2016 and Beyond

SLR’s have actually fallen out of favor with the introduction of mirrorless cameras, point and shoot cameras that rival the image quality, and let’s face it – mobile phones are also capable of capturing amazing images when used used in the right environment (i.e. not hand held and waggling at a friend in a club at 2am).

The Megapixel wars have pretty much subsided, with cameras now producing images in the 20 MP range regularly, whether shooting with DSLR’s, mirrorless, or point and shoot cameras. The “battle” here seemed to fade out once the 10 MP count was reached, and many discovered that it’s not so much MP count as it is about image quality. Even with Point and Shoot and cellular cameras, this experience has become more known than before.

SLR Megapixels

So, where does that take us now that the “gear wars” have subsided? It’s an uber competitive world in photography, and your gear matters less and less. You have to be creative, original, and spark the mind of your viewers. It’s not enough to just take a landscape anymore, or even great portraiture. Photography has also become something of a commodity. Many people will see images and say “I can do that” and move along.

In this fast paced world of information overload, images are mere moments in time, so you have to inspire people to want more. Posting pictures to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are not enough to survive. You need to encourage people to want more by moving out of their own comfort zone into your world and invite them to see the world through your eyes.

Don’t get me wrong here – I am not saying to eschew the social media element of getting your images in front of people – that’s an essential part of surviving as a photographer – exposure (if you’ll pardon the pun)!

While this has always been true to some degree, with the super saturation of photography and images in our lives, it’s more and more of a requirement moving forward. So, stop worrying about the gear and worry more about the vision!