Automatic or manual flash?


The flash, symbolized by a flash in the menu of your device, can be triggered automatically. In this case, the device determines itself whether it is necessary or not. However, in automatic modes, the camera often tends to go wrong. It is therefore better to decide whether to activate the flash or not, depending on the circumstances. When to use the built-in flash Its limited reach and power do not make it the best friend of the dark: red eyes, overexposed faces and under-exposed backgrounds may be in the game if used in the evening, for example. However, the built-in flash will be very useful for providing extra light in daylight and detaching the subject from its background. Trigger it also for your photos against the light, otherwise your subject will be lost in the shadows. If the sun is strong, focus the measurement of light on the subject (by activating the “spot” measurement) rather than on the whole scene


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Of course you can take photos manually, but if you have more than a thousand to do at an interval of 5 seconds, it is assured that you will prefer an automatic solution. This is what the intervalometer offers. A tool that you can graft to your SLR camera and do the job alone, once the desired pace set. Some devices have an integrated intervalometer, and dedicated applications are available for cell phones and digital tablets. Finally, you can also use software on your computer, which is then connected to your camera.

Memory cards and batteries
Depending on the type of time-lapse desired, the shooting time may vary from a few hours to a full day, and may even take several days. If you operate in the wild, plan for high-capacity memory cards and spare batteries.
The settings

Avoid automatic adjustments. Depending on the time of day and the weather, you could get too big differences in exposure. To prevent this, turn off the auto white balance. Likewise, disengage the autofocus, which may cause differences in focus. Finally, check the chosen frame with a test photo, which will be your visual cue for the entire sequence.

Your best profile

Do not look at the lens from the front. Shifted slightly to one side, your face will always appear finer and harmonious, because it will create areas of shade and natural light. Then you have to find your best profile. This can be a detail such as a mole, a dimmer or, on the contrary, more marked dimple, a sparkling eye or an angle that highlights your haircut. Move in front of your mirror, you will quickly discover your best profile.

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