I just recently tried my hand at another attempt at doing a time-lapse. This time instead of shooting the sunrise, I attempted to catch snow fall that accumulates over time. Another learning experience came out of this experiment once again. Remember how I royally fucked up the last one so much that I didn't even show it? Well I actually did make this and it didn't turn out too bad. There are a couple of things I noted though for next time. For example, don't forget to set your white balance. I personally leave my white balance setting in camera to auto since it's so easy to change in post that I feel like there's not much point in going through the hassle of all those menus just to change it everytime. It doesn't effect my creative control and it's literally the only setting I keep in auto. The problem here with a time-lapse is that by the end of it, depending on how long it is, you could be left with hundreds of photos that you need to individually change the white balance for. That's just way too much needless work and fortunately it wasn't too drastic for mine.
Another thing you should remember is to set your camera into aperture priority mode. This is something I learned last time around with the sunset. Like I said before, I shoot and set everything manually, but when you're doing a time-lapse it makes the world of difference if you let the camera change the shutter speed every shot so that you get a consistent exposure each time. As long as the aperture is constant, you won't get any depth of field change happening and while you're at it, there's another thing you should make sure you set beforehand. Make sure you manually set your focus beforehand. You don't want a derelict squirrel coming into a frame ruining your focus because your camera thinks the little furry woodland creature is much more interesting than the beautiful vista in front of you. The last suggestion I have for you, and this is important, is to get an intervalometer. They are so damn cheap (around $20 on Amazon) and so very useful. They offer the same thing as a shutter release would except they also have a timer that allows you to set up a time frame for each shot to go off and then you can just walk away while your camera does all the work for the next couple of hours. I would still go over and check on it every once in a while, you know, just in case.