Pluto Trigger Time Lapse Tutorial

The Pluto Trigger  includes a time lapse mode which is not all that different from the star trail mode but it does have enough differences to warrant it’s own review. The time lapse mode has several presets included which will automatically set the values to what are predetermined to be the “best” suited settings for the given presets. The presets include: custom, standard, miniature, sunrise, sunset, nightscn, night sky, and cloud sky. Personally I would suggest doing some sample time lapses using the presets to test them out and see what kind of results are given. This is the best way to learn and see what works best for your needs. Compiling the images into a software and getting a time-lapse output is really beyond the scope of this tutorial. I do show you how to do it using Photoshop in the video below but there are so many programs out there that are capable of compiling the images that it would be impossible for me to show all of the options.

There are some things to keep in mind though, standard video is 24 frames per second, which means that to get one second of video you will need to fire 24 shots for your time lapse. If you are using an interval of 10 seconds this can get extremely lengthy. To get just 10 seconds of video you will need 240 frames, with a 10 second interval between frames this will require 40 minutes of shooting to accomplish. My suggestion here is to get in mind what you want to capture and plan ahead. Make sure your batteries are charged and everything is ready to go. Have the scene that you want in mind and allow plenty of time to get to the spot and get set up. Time lapses can be very rewarding when done right but an ample amount of planning is required.

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