Some of the latest DSLR cameras have an intervelometer built in which is just a fancy way of saying it can take multiple photos in a time-lapse sequence. Here are some simple tips to help you create some cool time-lapse sequences.
The first tip is to try your best to set the camera and lens on manual modes. Set the exposure settings for your camera and leave the settings on manual. This will stop the camera from adjusting the exposure over your sequence creating a flickering effect in your timelapse.
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Also set the focus of the lens and switch it to manual as this will stop the camera needing to set the focus for each photo.
Depending on your camera the menu will have various settings to choose from. Here are some screen shots of the D7000 menu. Most cameras will be very similar to this. Settings range from number of photos in the sequence you want to take. The interval between each photo. Those are your two main settings and these settings will vary depending on the subject you are photographing for your sequence.