So I got a GoPro for Christmas. And I right away ordered a kitchen timer for it. What for you might ask? As you might now, an old-school, analog kitchen timer turns very slowly, in fact, it’s limited to one 360 degree turn and 60 minutes of runtime. So it’s not really suited for those 24 fps I would usually shoot at.

But for time-lapse video, it’s just right. As you only take a picture every few seconds or so, and later assemble it into a video, you want your timer to turn slow.

Full disclosure: I got that idea off YouTube:

It was extraordinarily hard to find a fitting kitchen timer though. Most places had either none, only digital or weirdly shaped one. First I bought one shaped like an Espresso maker at a dollar store, thinking I would be able to modify it. But I wasn’t happy with that makeshift idea, and so I returned it to the store. In the end, I actually had to order my timer off Amazon. I was about to get the IKEA version (>click here) but actually went with a version that has a magnetic bottom (>click here). I put the flat adhesive mount that came with the camera on there, and that was it. No tools required.

I was a bit sceptical at first, but I have to say, it’s actually working great.

I shot this video toying around with my new GoPro, there’s a timelpase in the beginning and one in the end. Oh, and I’ve got a GoPro Hero 5 Black, it’s not the latest Hero 6 Black, but it packs enough of a punch for me. I also got myself a suction cup mount. More on that later.

What do you do to make your time-lapse videos look more interesting? Tell me in the comments down below.

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