How To: Weatherproof Your Gear For a Month Long Time Lapse

You've got this incredible plan for a nature time lapse — but how do you make sure that the camera will still be there and working when you get back?

time lapse case
time lapse case

Time lapses are undeniably cool, but the prospect of leaving a camera essentially unprotected for an extended time period is enough to scare off all but the most dedicated.

Photographer Forrest Pound was doing a series of long-term time lapses to capture changing water levels over a season, and so had to devise a system to keep his cameras safe and secure while recording. Thankfully, he documented the process, and put it up as a tutorial on Instructables.

For these time lapse rigs that ran up to four months on their own, Pound installed the cameras in Pelican cases, which were specially modified with a bit of piping and a UV filter, to function as an extremely tough case for the camera. In order to keep the charge going over the extremely long time periods, the camera rigs were charged by a car battery running through a voltage converter. Finally, a polite note topped it all off so that people who stumbled across the camera would know what was going on.

Pound built four of these rigs for a documentary film called Watershed with Kontent Films. You can have a look at how some of the footage came out in the clip below.

It's a fairly straightforward build, and one that could do a lot to help your gear survive foul weather for outdoor use.

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