HDR Time-lapse D7000

So the D7000 has it’s own interval timer. All the D90 users who decided to upgrade their D90‘s are all breathing a sigh of relief, no more tethering or remote timelapse triggers. Now you can sell that trigger you always needed for your D90 timelapse.
D7000 Bracketing for HDR timelapse

This is just a short touching base on the HDR aspect of timelapse on a D7000. The good news is it can all be done on the camera of the D7000. Combine the bracketing and the interval timer and you have yourself the beginnings of an HDR timelapse.

D7000 timelapse shot countOne of the very cool features of the interval timer on the D7000 is the fact that you can choose the number of shots the camera takes per interval. Meaning for each photo it takes at your set interval time you can set the camera to take 3, 5 or however many shots you want at that set time. The bracketing feature on the D7000 is the sames as the D90. Which means you get 3 shots at 2 stops apart. So when you set the interval timer on the back, set it to take 3 shots, turn the bracketing on and shift the shooting mode dial to “continuos shooting low”. This will allow the camera to take 3 shots in succession at different f stops before it moves to the next shot in the interval. I won’t be going into the post process for HDR timelapse here, I’l do that in another post.

HDR timelapse frame

Comments (4)

  1. Howard J September 6, 2011 at 6:50 am Reply

    I love that the D7000 has a built in intervalometer, I’ve already used it for fireworks when I didn’t have a remote trigger.
    I noticed however that you said it would take 3 shots at different f stops, I’ve always taken HDR at different shutter speeds to avoid DoF problems. Just wondering if you do it differently? I look forward to the next post!

    1. Brusca September 6, 2011 at 7:09 am Reply

      Hey thanks for your comment. I have had a lot of fun using the D7000. As for HDR on a timelapse, I normally set the bracketing to 3 shots to vary 2 stops either way and the camera does the rest. The camera will adjust the shutter speed to create the exposure bias automatically. I’ve never had any issue with DOV from doing it that way. Is that how you do it?

      1. Howard J September 9, 2011 at 7:08 am Reply

        Yeah that’s how I do it too, I just misunderstood your use of the term “f-stops” But now I’ve been using the Promote Control so I can do more than just 3 brackets, I usually use 7-9 exposures at 1EV apart.
        I haven’t had time or a good subject yet to do a long time lapse but I hope to in the near future.

        1. Steven Wallace November 21, 2011 at 12:10 am Reply

          What are your settings on the promote control for HDR. I’ve been having issues figuring it out. I’m new to the DSLR world. Thanks in advance.

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