What is Exposure Ramping?

Exposure Ramping is a method by which the shutter speed (exposure length) and/or ISO (light sensitivity) of your images is changed as your time-lapse progresses. This allows you to capture properly-exposed time lapses, even during situations with gradually changing light levels, like a sunset or sunrise. 

What is the 'Holy Grail' of Time Lapse?

The 'Holy Grail' of Time Lapse is a full day-to-night, or night-to-day transition, and it can create some incredible effects (just see below). However, it is nearly impossible to achieve through changing the shutter speed alone because of the huge changes in light levels involved. In order to shoot a Holy Grail timelapse, you will almost certainly need to adjust your camera's ISO and/or Aperture along with the shutter speed.

One of the big issues with taking 'Holy Grail' time lapses is that most intervalometers require you to change your settings manually on your camera- potentially exposing your time lapse to camera shake. With Pulse and Radian 2, you can change your camera's exposure wirelessly from your smart phone or program Radian or Pulse to ramp ISO and shutter for you.


What do you need to take an Exposure Ramp:

  • An intervalometer that can directly set your camera's shutter and ISO settings (like Pulse or Radian 2)
  • A Tripod
  • A DSLR or mirrorless camera