Do you enjoy photography? Maybe you're an amateur or semi-pro. Or maybe you're just looking to create some fancy camerawork. A team of students from Colorado State University teaches you how to build your own automated camera slider for time-lapse photography (camera not included).
The idea of the project stemmed from a team member’s interest in photography and video and the desire to capture more dynamic time lapses without purchasing an expensive commercial unit.
The goal for the motorized time lapse camera slider was to create a functioning device that allowed for complete customization in capturing dynamic time lapses. The device was designed to be portable, customizable, modular, and portable – all things a photographer requires in a product. The ability to be customized allows for the use of a wide range of cameras in a wide range of situations. And the modular nature of the device allows a photographer to take photos in any environment while being able to break down easily and reassemble without missing a shot.
Camera Slider SK-LS120
The Sevenoak Camera Slider SK-LS120 is designed to give you the ability to create good-quality production shots without over-extending your budget. Featuring heavy-duty anodized aluminum construction, super-smooth glide rail, spirit level & tension adjustment, the camera Slider SK-LS120 gives you the best value. It can be attached directly to a tripod and may also be used standalone with the included feet, which raises your camera setup approximately 2" off the ground.
To create the tripod mounts for the rail, drill 4 x 5-mm holes 20mm apart widthwise and 40mm apart lengthwise. Counter sink these holes to create a flush fit for the M5 screws. In the middle of the plate drill a hole and tap a 1/4-inch – 20 thread for the tripod connection. Build a plate for each tripod connection, usually only two for the assembly. Attach the plates to the rail by slide 4 –Tee Nuts into the rail’s grove and attach with 4 – 10mm M5 screws.
Next, for the limit switch brackets, repeat the sliding of the Tee nuts into the grooves on the top of the rail and attach with 2 - 10mm M5 screws. Spacers between the screw head and bracket maybe needed to keep the screws from damaging the rail through the Tee nut.