Tips Archive

How to Calculate the Field of View (FOV) for Any Lens.

In this Skylapser video, we show you how to calculate the Field of View (FOV) for any lens on any camera. For shooting panoramic or giga-pixel photos, it’s necessary to know both the horizontal and the vertical FOV for the particular lens that you are using. Most sites only show you the Diagonal FOV for a full frame 35mm camera. Luckily there are exceptions, such as Max Lyon’s Photography Calculator page here:…
But another way to calculate FOV is by using the following formula:
2x arctan(Sensor mm/2/(Lens mm))in deg
You can copy or type this formula into Google search and substitute the values for your camera’s sensor dimensions and your lens focal length and it will calculate your FOV value.

Timelapse 101: RAW vs. JPEG Timelapse Workflow

In this Timelapse 101 episode we explain the difference between RAW and JPEG image formats and why you should always shoot your timelapses in RAW (except when you have to shoot in JPEG. We also demonstrate a time lapse workflow using Adobe Camera Raw and Panolapse softwares.
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Time-lapse 101: Using an Intervalometer

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Basic Remote Intervalometer

If you are doing time-lapse photography you need a timer or intervelometer. Using an external intervalometer allows any camera with a remote port to shoot time-lapses, even cameras with built-in intervalometers can benefit from the control offered by an external intervalometer. In this video Jay Shaffer explains how to use a simple remote  intervalometer to shoot time-lapses.