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Hack an IKEA Kitchen Timer for Cheap Panning Time-Lapse Photography

The results from this clever hack have to be seen to be believed–and can be in this great video compilation. Read on to see how a $6 egg timer can become a fantastic panning time lapse engine.

The setup is dead simple. Take a cheap IKEA timer, drill a hole in the top and screw in a bolt, attach your camera via the tripod mount point to the timer, then crank the timer up and turn on the time-lapse function on your camera. As the timer slowly winds down, the camera slowly turns, snapping pictures all the while. How awesome are the results? Check out the video below to see the simple timer setup in action.

For more information hit up the link below.

How to Make a Cheap and Easy IKEA Time Lapse Panning Unit [via IKEA Hacker]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 09/15/11

Comments (2)

  1. KJ

    I’m leaving work to go to the nearest IKEA! That was way cool. Thanks!

  2. Ryan Noell

    Awesome video ad idea!! An of course, San Diego is BEAUTIFUL!

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