This is another question I get semi regularly via my Insta, 'What do you use for timelapses?".
From my exploration vlogs and random posts on Insta you're bound to have seen many time lapses from the Pembrokeshire coastline and mountains. There's two ways I shoot time lapses, a lazy way and the proper way.
The lazy way is by shooting video for an extended period. I tend to do this if I wasn't planning on shooting a time lapse or if the clouds or objects in the shot are moving very quickly due to wind etc. This keeps the movement smoother and also saves me time in post. This is certainly not the best way to shot time lapses but then again if it's the only way you can shoot one in the moment then it is the best..
The main way I shoot my time lapses is using TriggerTrap. About 4 years ago I stumbled across and advert on FaceBook for this kit and thought for the sake of £30 it was worth a shot. I've now been shooting with their kit ever since. It's a bridge between your DSLR and phone, enabling you to have full control over your time lapses with some additional features that make it excel compared to others.
The additional features are the ability to trigger your camera based upon various factors such as, noise, movement or GPS location. You can set your camera to shoot a time lapse on a drive and rather than having pauses in movement every time you hit traffic it will trigger it on distance traveled. Or you can use your hands as a remote trigger simply by clapping, or capture the exact moment a water balloon pops. I've used it in many situations I never would have thought of when purchasing it.
For example whilst shooting products I once stupidly left my IR trigger at home and needed to be by the product when the shot was taken. So to resolve this I set it up with TriggerTrap and when I needed to take the shot I simply clicked my fingers. I used the same approach when exploring the abandoned slate mine in my previous post. The problem I had was that my tripod was up on a ledge behind us with rotten wood and rusty machinery around it with a slimy slope to scale. Obviously being a slate mine it was pitch black and even with a headlight I didn't want to rush back and forth to take shots. So in the same manner I prepped the exposure and got into position and clicked my fingers or whistled when I wanted it to trigger the long exposure.
All in all i'd highly recommend it. I haven't even touched the surface of what the possibilities are with this bit of kit. I have had some negatives with it but that was with the older version of the kit where the connection was getting loose. Considering the amount of times it had been tangled in my bag and used in all weather conditions things like that are to be expected.