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Discussions > Sunset/Sunrise: manual or aperture priority?

Hello Petra and fellow aspiring stopmotionistas:

First, many thanks to Petra for sharing her considerable expertise and for providing this forum.

I'm planning to do a stop-motion video of a ski-in backpack trip to the mountains, and one of the sequences in my shooting plan is a mountain sunset. Question: do you use manual settings and keep the setting the same throughout the sunset or do you use aperture priority to delay the darkness as much as possible?

Thanks in advance for your advice!


December 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBill Kossmann

Bill, I suggest you set up your camera on a tripod and shoot one picture every 30 seconds. Use the built-in metered shooting feature for this. I have done a sunset towards the end of this video:
Good luck and make sure to post the results!

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPetra

Thanks Petra! Our trip isn't until the end of March, so it'll be a while before I post a link.

January 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBill Kossmann

Well, we've finished our snowshoe backpack trip and I've uploaded a video to YouTube here: . We decided to abandon the back-country skis in favour of snowshoes, which was a good move because it would have been tough.

In terms of photography and cinematography this was a great learning experience!


March 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBill Kossmann

I've updated the video: (please ignore the first one; I'll delete it after April 7).


March 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBill Kossmann

Love how you captured the snow fall and how you animated the car over a map! Must have been difficult to be snowshoeing and shooting at the same time!

June 18, 2013 | Registered CommenterPetra Cross