Wireless Timelapse

Posted by Sam Churchill on

Gizmodo explains how to automatically upload pictures to the Internet as you take them. The main ingredients are a EyeFi card ($50) and a mobile hotspots like Verizon’s MiFi Mobile Hotspot.

  • To set up your mobile hotspot, simply plug the device into the USB port in your computer, and follow the on-screen prompts for a quick installation of your mobile hotspot Access Manager.
  • Pop your EyeFi SD card into your computer. Your Eye-Fi Manager lets you configure your Eye-Fi card to work with your mobile hotspot.
  • The Photo Destination tab will allow you to choose from one (or multiple) social networking sites like Flickr, Facebook and Picassa to function as a repository for any and all images you take.
  • Once you’ve chosen which website you’d like to send your photos out to, you’re ready to pop your Eye-Fi card into your camera, and begin shooting. Keep in mind, your camera must be on for the images to transfer (so don’t turn it off immediately after snapping a shot).
  • Upload speed is good, as long as you’re in an area with good 3G coverage.

I’d add an interval timer. My Satech Remote Control timer ($60), plugs into the remote mini plug of a Canon EOS camera. Any Canon camera that accepts Canon’s RS-60E3 remote trigger ($21) will work. That includes Canon’s G-10, but not the newer G-11. CHDK is firmware that can add timelapse to a variety of Canon PowerShots. No external trigger port required.

Older or unpopular cameras (like the Ricoh), often don’t support the EyeFi card. Of course the EyeFi camera/Hotspot combo will only produce a page with hundreds of photos. In order to assemble a timelapse movie, you combine images into a movie using Picasa 3 or video editing software like FinalCut.

Perhaps the most convenient solution would be a 4G network with a 4G phone (like Sprint’s EVO or Samsung Epic), and a dedicated app.

The stunningly beautiful documentary SALT, aired last week on PBS’s POV. The film by Murray Frederick, was shot on Lake Eyre, a remote site in South Australia whose lake bed forms a salt flat.

DSLR Camera Remote uses your Apple iPhone or iPod touch as a cable release for your Canon EOS DSLR camera. Just connect your camera to a WiFi enabled computer and the DSLR Camera Remote software enables you to wirelessly adjust cameras settings, fire the shutter, review images, even get a live viewfinder preview.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 at 8:08 am .

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