May 22, 2015

Moving time-lapse photography made easy with a Raspberry Pi

Time-lapse photography is a simple and fun way to record the activity of a particular area over time, and is useful for monitoring plant growth, movement of people and objects, creating art and just having fun. However a new dimension to the exposures can be created if the camera can also move small small distances between exposures along a particular axis - and thus moving time-lapse is created.

One excellent example of a moving time-lapse device has been documented by Instructables member telonics who shows us to use a camera-equipped Raspberry Pi and move it along a rope with a stepper motor. The software on the Pi can determine the exposure length, period between exposures and shuttle itself along the line when requried. Then it's up to the end user to combine the images into a short movie with video editing software - that can result with interesting output such as the video below:

Furthermore the project continues by mounting the device on a small model railway wagon, with the track on an incline and the stepper motor winding the device up or down the slope by collecting or releasing a thin line. A truly fascinating device which you can recreate yourself, so to start visit the project's Instructable page. And for more, we're on facebookGoogle+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well.

If you're looking for a neat way to add external circuitry to your Raspberry Pi model A+, B+ or 2 model B then check out our new PiBreak Plus Raspberry Pi Prototyping Board:

This is a great way to add your own electronic components, circuitry, sensors or other devices to your Raspberry Pi model A+, B+ or 2 Model B - any of the current Raspberry Pis with a 40 pin GPIO header. The PiBreak Plus also includes a GPIO female header to solder yourself, and a pair of nuts, bolts, washers and spacers to ensure a a great fit.

And in the Freetronics fashion we've used a quality gold-plated (ENIG) PCB for durability, brought out all the power rails along with the GPIO next to the prototyping area to make adding circuits a breeze. Furthermore the pinouts are labelled on both the top and bottom of the PCB to save time referencing the right GPIO pins. For more information and to order - visit the PiBreak plus page now!


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