bulb ramping

RamperPro support for Sony Alpha A7S, A7R and A7Rii

The upcoming 3058 firmware for the RamperPro will support the fantastic Sony Alpha A7 series. How does it work? Sony made a strange decision with their current camera firmwares. The camera is not storing its' images to the internal SD card as soon as you connect these cameras to a PC/Mac/RamperPro.

RamperPro 20 stops test - from sun to stars

For many the holy grain of time lapse photography is a perfect sunset or a perfect sunrise. Shoots like this are originally called bulb ramping, but we like to call it exposure ramping. The reason for this is because the RamperPro can both support normal shutter speeds of your camera or it can use the bulb mode. All supported Nikon camera's are switched to bulb automatically, on Canon camera's the RamperPro will notify you when you need to switch your camera to bulb mode.

RamperPro automatic ramping with histogram analysis

We are very excited to announce that ElysiaVisuals can now deliver true full automatic ramping without the chance of over or under exposing your images. This is still an experimental feature of the RamperPro, but we will include it in the firmware of the first units that we will ship on the nth of March.

The ElysiaVisuals RamperPro time lapse controller

The history of the ElysiaVisuals RamperPro time lapse controller started in 2011. The general consensus at that time was that it is not possible to make good sunset time lapse movie with a Nikon camera. These movies are made by ramping the exposure time of the camera. Its getting darker but the exposure is made longer in small steps which results day to night transitions. The same is true the other way around for sun rises. Classic ramping solutions worked by using bulb ramping. The camera is set to bulb and the bulb time is accurately controlled by the time lapse controller. This gives a limited use because you cannot use fast shutter speeds or bulb times faster than approximately 0.3 seconds. Classic bulb ramping cannot be done with a Nikon because you cannot achieve any desired bulb speeds because Nikon uses discrete steps in bulb.

Here the RamperPro steps in. You can use any desired shutter speed or any desired bulb speed to create ramping sequences. The camera is automatically controlled via USB by the controller. That makes it possible to automatically shift the ISO during your shoot. The RamperPro can therefore easily ramp over 20 stops from bright day light to stars. We like to talk about exposure ramping and not about bulb ramping because you are not limited to bulb mode when you use the RamperPro.

ElysiaVisuals timelapse controller test - D800 exposure ramping over 10 stops

We are almost ready to release our time lapse controller. The hardware is getting stable and all planned features have been implemented in the first version of the firmware. We plan to accept orders for the first units in October. The first version of the firmware will mainly support the Nikon D700, D800, D3 and D4. But other models can be added in only a few days. Keep your eye on our blog because we will post more test results and images of the actual hardware that we have developed.

First test results of the new ElysiaVisuals exposure ramper

We have been too quiet about our exciting time lapse controller that we have been developing here at ElysiaVisuals.com. We are very close to releasing the first units to beta testers. It has taken us so long because we want to be sure that the unit works as designed. We have also modified the interface. The controller is totally without any buttons because we have added a 2.8" full color touch screen. We believe that this is the very first dedicated time lapse controller in the industry that uses a touch screen interface.

What's happening with the Elysia Visuals timelapse controller

We announced the development and possible availability of our timelapse controller a while ago. Many of you have asked us what the current status is. The first prototype is behind us and we decided to totally redesign the controller. Many hardware and software bugs were ironed out in order to provide a stable controller that works well with both Nikon and Canon camera's. We do support USB control of the most popular camera's and we will add USB support for other camera's in the near future.

It's Alive - the ElysiaVisuals timelapse controller

Christmas started early for ElysiaVisuals. We finally received the first 20 boards for our timelapse controller. We mentioned it a lot of Facebook and forums for a year now, but there still wasn't any hardware to show.

Nikon D700 high speed exposure ramping with ISO shifting - Maasboulevard Rotterdam

I have mentioned the technical aspects of exposure ramping with a Nikon camera before on my blog. The has resulted in a lot of work for me the last month. The result is a ramping solution that works on both Nikon and other brands like Canon. The video that you see on this article is the first real outdoor test of my ramping solution. You are seeing the Maasboulevard, one of the main roads that bring you into the center of Rotterdam.

Fly by Wire - a Nikon exposure ramping test

I gave an elaborate explanation about timelaps exposure ramping in my last blog called Bulb ramping with a Nikon dSLR - The technical story. I am very interested in exposure ramping timelapse photography. These are movies where you for example see a sunset while the exposure of the movie stays more or less the same. My previous blog describes a solution for a problem that Nikon camera's have when you use them for this complex technique. I now have developed a device that can be used to automatically exposure ramp timelapse movies. The ISO of the camera, shutter speed and in the very near future the aperture of the camera will be automatically set by my timelapse controller.