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Iím going to try some time laps photography over the next month after watching Gavin Howie on you tube recently and wondered if anyone can help regarding CF Card size. I have a Nikon D300 and intend to shoot in raw to get maybe 800-900 shots over a session as Mr Howie's clip'. Can anyone help or have experience of time laps photography
Thanks for any info Steve
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Quote: regarding CF Card size. I have a Nikon D300
If your camera has SD as well as CF slots, You might want to consider SD types, More capacity size wise at much lower prices......
RAW images at 12/14 bit ( No Compression ) vary in size by content/scene etc.
On average a 12 Mega Pix camera such as the D300, Should get at least 300 images per 8Gb of storage ( That's approximate + or - 10/20 ) .........!!!
So to guarantee space for 1000 images or so, You might well need a 32Gb card, These are very expensive in CF format, Hence my suggestion to use a combo of SD & CF.
16Gb SD's are very cheap, Look around at My Memory for example, They are doing own brand 32Gb SD's for silly money.....
Or you could shoot at a lower than full resolution, or just in jpeg etc. to keep files smaller.
I've been doing a bit of time lapse over the last year or so.
Usually, I shoot RAW at reduced 2784x1856 resolution on a bunch of 8GB cards. This gives around 700 shots per card, which is just under 30 seconds footage at 25 frames per second playback, (that kind of length of clip is plenty in practice). You can also do three-shot HDR images for 10s of footage at that size, which is a bit tight but usable (I'd prefer a larger card for that).
The 2784x1856 format allows a bit of headroom to shink or crop to 1080p format, which is about as big as is practical to edit on a 'normal' computer. If you're thinking of doing something like shooting in high res raw to produce 4K video, you'll probably be looking for a proper workstation-type machine with bags of RAM in order to make editing bearable. Remember you're essentially processing batches of hundreds of raw images.
I'm happy to share info on shooting/workflow/processing if you have any questions on getting started.
Thanks for your help all ' well nearly all. 'O it's hard to be humble when your perfect in every way
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