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Lesson 7. Making a Time-Lapse Video > Setting Up the Camera

Setting Up the Camera

Find a camera position with a good vantage point of what you want to shoot. In some cases, it works to set the camera on a table or chair and zoom out wide. In all cases, a tripod will help. Using a tripod increases the kinds of positions in which you can hold the camera: It can be at eye level or higher; it can be up in a corner somewhere; it can be right in the middle of things, zoomed in tight on the activity you've chosen.

Before you start, set up the tripod; load a new, clean digital tape into your camera; lock it into the tripod; and check the focus and exposure. (And, if the project is long or important, maybe do a little test or rehearsal.) Then, turn on your camera and get hold of the remote. Using the remote only—never touching the camera—start recording.


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