Automatic Sunrise Timelapse | DSLR (Canon EOS 700D)

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

This video is also in the picture section:

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:

The other objects are

1 Intervalometer:

2 Servo Motors:

1 Arduino Uno:

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Step 1: 3D Printed Parts

Step 2: Electronics

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    4 Discussions


    3 years ago

    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.


    Reply 3 years ago

    I made this to save maximum battery, so the camera is off, and then one servo turns the camera on (for the 700D the on/off is on the Mode Dial), and the other servo turns the intervalometer on. In this version of my build, the Mode Dial 'wrench' is too tight on the Mode Dial so it changes the mode + turns the camera on/off. I compensate for this by moving my mode dial 1 mode behind before I go to bed. Here is a video walkthrough that I just finished uploading:

    And is it efficient to use standby mode? What is the battery drain on standby mode vs camera off? [I'm new to photography]

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    Interesting. I have never seen anyone make a servo control for the mode dial before.


    Reply 3 years ago

    Yeah it was the only way I could think of doing it. One of the hard problems to solve is Turning the Camera On/Off. I couldn't find out how to do it with Software, so I did it with hardware. Will look into solving that with software soon