Automatic Sunrise Timelapse | DSLR (Canon EOS 700D)

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Introduction: Automatic Sunrise Timelapse | DSLR (Canon EOS 700D)

This video is also in the picture section: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xG4fA3MtnSM

I wanted to set up my DSLR on a tripod and get a timelapse of the sunrise, but I like to sleep in. After joining some FB Groups and talking to the Photography community I was told the only way for me to get those shots was to wake up at 4:30 AM and stay awake the entire 2 hour shoot. That's stupid, so I made this.

Half of the objects are 3D Printed- I will have those files up on Thingiverse: https://www.thingiverse.com/coltonrobtoy

The other objects are

1 Intervalometer:

2 Servo Motors:

1 Arduino Uno:

Step 1: 3D Printed Parts

Step 2: Electronics

Step 3: Code to Run

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Thanks for showing me the CHDK, I'm new to Photography. Is there a way to add a camera on/off class into the CHDK code? Like I want my camera to be off, and then set a timer for it to turn on (all internally on the camera).

Basically it works the way that you replace the firmware as described in the handbook. For my small Canon it lasts until it is powered off and then you need to reload it, once you turn it on again. But that was ok as it enabled me to use the USB for taking pictures (it can do a lot more, but I'm not a big photo enthusiast).

Now I realize, that exactly this is your problem :-[ So using the servo is probably the way to go. For time lapse I just used the camera of my Reaspberry, but it's quality is not comparable to a real camera.

Haha yep :p And how would the USB thing work? I don't think my camera has a USB port

Ah yes, I do have the micro usb...thought you were talking about a regular USB plugin hehe

Ah ok, so my on/off class won;t work because the camera won't be on to even load the new firmware. Does the firmware stay on if it goes into sleep mode? And is their a large difference in battery drain in sleepmode vs. camera off?

Honestly I have no idea. As you can see from my linked i'ble my intention was just vice versa. The firmware itself is on the memory chip where your photos go and from there it's temporarily loaded (until power goes off).

I'm not getting a clear explanation so can you check my reasoning.

The Camera is on and eventually goes into Standby mode (asleep) then when you move the Mode dial it brings it out of sleep and the intervalometer does the rest. The Arduino setup is only to activate the servo for the mode diaal. Am I on the right track.