The Wednesday Rundown 7.6.11

Howdy and welcome to the Wednesday Rundown. This week we have a slick DIY project to make your DSLR slider automated. I think this is going to be this weekend project for myself. Check the post for some videos and links to the DIY parts. If you have a video that you think we might like to post, please click on "submit content" above.

DIY Automated Slider

I have had a cheap slider for a couple of months and have grown quickly tired of it. It does the job but I do want a little more of out it. Well this weekend I found this cool project to automate your slider. You can do this for normal speed shots or the slow time lapse shots. I really want to be able to do the slow time lapse and have even found the correct motor for a slow moving slider. Mount this motor to the end of your slider with an axle and string. Please let me know if you have any luck!

DIY Motorized Igus Slider - Introduction from Tim Nitsch on Vimeo.

Smoke Photos:

This is a great video to inspire some shooting on a day with some free time. Watch as Dom takes us through his detailed description of how to shoot smoke. He also has a decent editing session with the free editing software GIMP.

Car Time Lapse:

With summer here it is offically road trip time. I am planning a trip to Maine with my grandfather and was looking to document some car time / creative shots. This video from NasKras photo is doing what I had in mind. I might attempt to use a magic arm but this is a decent and possibly free setup if you have the materials. Pretty decent video for riding around town.

Dust Storm Time Lapse

I know we already have a time lapse but this one is pretty cool and different. I am glad this guy's first thought was to do a time lapse of this storm moving in.

The Phoenix Haboob of July 5th, 2011 from Mike Olbinski on Vimeo.

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the last video was kinda lame >__> it had no information and no final images and lacked a link to see them.. T__T

Agreed :)

the music was also kind of annoying

Andreas Feustel's picture

I agree!

A making off of a photo shooting without showing the final frames is uselees.

Jerrit Pruyn's picture

Alright I agree that the last was was lame-o. I was excited about that automated slider. 

Jerrit Pruyn's picture

Alright I cut the last one and put in a time lapse of the dust storm moving in from Arizona. 

Andreas Feustel's picture

I like the car time lapse video from NasKras a lot!
I need to find out, how to trigger the camera for so many single shots. All remote triggers i have seen are just able to take a maximum of 99 frames.

Thank you for showing!

Hi Andreas, if you shoot with a Nikon camera, consider the MC-36. It will let you shoot as many frames at any intervall you wish. Only limitation ist the capacity and speed of your memory card. I do not know about Canons intervallometer, though. Hope this helps.
Greetings from Switzerland

Andreas Feustel's picture

Hi Werner, thanks for your reply!

No, I'm using Conon stuff and I'm pretty sure, that the Canon remote timer TC-80N3 is limited by a maximum of 99 trigers. Maybe I'm wrong but all third party triggers I have seen are limited by 99 frames as well.

Well done Nikon! ;-)

Johnny De Jaegher's picture

From a Canon TC-80N3 Manual:
"Set FRAMES to 00 (zero) for unlimited number of frames. The program must be stopped by pushing START-STOP"
Link to this manual :

Yongnuo make an MC-36 copy for not a lot of money.   Most of them can do an unlimited number anyway, you just set them to -- and they keep going until the camera runs out of memory card space or battery (or until the controller runs out of battery which is usually a couple of months)

Johnny De Jaegher's picture

I have seen the remark about the 99 images limit in other forums as well... Have you ever tried setting the amount of images to shoot to 0 (zero, or -- like Chris Blizzard says) ?
Because for most triggers that means "infinite" amount of shots to take.

I loved the car time lapse, it looked like there was a little too much in setting it up, but the video looked really cool.