In my previous post I showed you a simple tool to determine the direction of sunrise and sunset. Although useful, this is only part of the information that we as photographers need. To be really useful, we also need to know the time of the event as well as the direction. This is important, not only if photographing a sunset or sunrise, but to determine the Golden Hour – the best time for landscape photography.Fortunately there are a number of useful tools that you can use from websites to computer programs to device apps. From some of these you can even print out the relevant information to take with you, for the day or for the whole month.
This is the first in series of articles in which I will be looking at some of the ways that I use to remotely control a Canon DSLR; in this case an EOS 5D Mk2. Many of the techniques will also apply to other EOS cameras, and to cameras by other manufacturers.
Typical control scenarios include:
- Timelapse – taking individual pictures over a period of time that can subsequently be stitched together as a movie. This includes automatic control of the shutter as well as the movement of the camera.
- Stop Motion – similar to timelapse, but rather than using a times sequence, retaining control over individual frames, whilst providing automated movement of the camera.
- Remote Picture and Video Capture – firing the shutter remotely by manual control where you can also get a remote image using Live View, and change aperture and shutter setting with the need to approach the camera.