Long Exposure

Mastering the Intervalometer for Night Photography and Long Exposures

If you've ever scratched your head, bamboozled by an intervalometer, then scratch no more! Well, at least watch this video first ...

You may not know I also have another job in the photo industry. I created a presentation about using an intervalometer to support a smaller technique class at the 2016 OPTIC Imaging Conference held by B&H Photo and Lindblad Expeditions. And it was so fun (and useful!) that I decided to make a video out of it so even more people could benefit.

For the TL;DR crowd:

Vello Intervalometers work from left to right. When configuring, make sure you check every one of them and keep in mind that they run in sequence:

  1. Delay
  2. Long
  3. Interval
  4. Number (Qty)

If something is awry, then chances are something was set in a screen you may not expect. Check out the video above for the full rundown and lots of examples.

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Testing Your Camera’s Tolerance For Long-Exposure Noise

Testing Your Camera’s Tolerance For Long-Exposure Noise

Noise is the addition of unwanted grain or splotches of color in our digital photographs. It can occur by using a high ISO such as 6400 or using very long shutter speeds that last into the minutes. In some cases, noise is a necessary evil that we need to accept, while in others, we should do everything possible to avoid it. As night photographers we need to understand the limits of our cameras and the effects of pushing them too far.

As you may have guessed from experience with your camera’s settings, there are two types of noise: High ISO Noise and Long Exposure Noise. Both are exactly what they sound like.