How do they take those night shots of automobile lights that look like rails, or of stars in motion that swirl in a circle? By using time-lapse photography, a trick most often practiced by professionals. But taking those striking photos is easy if you learn the basics. Here’s how.
Time-lapse photos, by definition, require a very long shutter speed—in most cases, the longer the better. Switch your camera into Shutter Priority mode (noted as S on the control dial or menu), then push the shutter speed down to as slow a value as possible. On the Samsung NX System cameras, the maximum shutter length is 30 seconds. If you want to adjust aperture settings at the same time, use Manual mode (M on the control dial or menu) to make these changes.
Bulb mode lets you keep the shutter open as long as you hold the shutter release button down. With Bulb mode you don’t have to decide in advance the length of time you’ll keep the shutter open. Just hold down the shutter, then release it when the photo is “finished.” With the NX System, four minutes is the maximum time allowed when in Bulb mode.
Time-lapse photos shot with even the slightest amount of jitter or shake will be uselessly blurry. All time-lapse shots should be taken with a tripod securely attached to the base of the camera.
A shutter release cable connects to your camera via a port on its side. It allows you to snap pictures without having to touch the camera, which can introduce shake (and blur) to your photos. Use the shutter release cable the same way you would the shutter button, including holding the shutter button down for Bulb mode shots.
An even more elegant solution is to use your smartphone to open and shut the camera shutter. With an NX camera and a Galaxy smartphone, just install the Remote Viewfinder application on the phone. Once paired via your NX camera’s Wi-Fi® system, you can use the smartphone app to control key features on the camera, including flash, timer and photo size. Touch and hold the shutter button to take the shot.
With your time-lapse photo successfully captured, be sure to share it with friends, family or the world. The Samsung NX System and other Wi-Fi–enabled cameras let you share shots directly from your camera whenever you’re in range of a wireless network. You can share pictures directly with friends on social networks like Facebook, send them to Microsoft Skydrive for online archiving, or transfer photos to a PC on your home network. You can even set up an impromptu slide show on your television with TV Link and Samsung AllShare Play, or send a photo to your Galaxy mobile device with the Samsung MobileLink app, available at the Google Play™ market.
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