"Holy Grail" night to day sunrise sunset time lapse are notoriously hard to get right especially with the transitions in the light. Planning and preparation are important as well as hardware and software you use.
This blog goes over a few different techniques as well as software and hardware options on getting day to night sunrise/sunset time lapse right.
First of all you need to find the perfect location.
Google "sunset/sunrise in..." your shooting location. 3 apps will help to compose your shot:
Next you need to find the best or most convenient way to shoot the time lapse.
The following are different techniques used to achieve sunrise sunset (or Vice versa) time lapses with varying levels of exposure.
1. Aperture Priority (AV setting) - the aperture will be locked and the shutter will change automatically.
This does cause flickering but you can use the Lens Twist method by Dustin Farrell
Or you can de-flicker in post-production with GB Time Lapse (£60)
2. Bulb Ramping (internal or external software to increase or decrease shutter speed to compensate for changes in light). Most are manual bulb ramping devices so you will have to know what exposure is required at specific times and when the light is going to change ie. what time the sunrises or sets.
3. Promo Systems Controller (£250/$329)
4. Timelapse+ (£290/$385)
3. Blending (a.k.a. cheating:)
Shoot two time lapses or more and then blend in post-production with a transition like a cross dissolve.
This is a cut down version of Preston Kanaks blog - click here to view
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