Photography #3: Getting started with Time-lapse photography

Since I have had my camera, I had lots of fun taking pictures, experimenting in manual mode and doing small stop motion animation. I, however, had never tried time-lapse photography.. until last weekend.

Time-lapse photography is an awesome technique! In terms of storytelling, Time-lapse can let you do incredible things and provides an immersive experience.

Here’s one of my favorite video, 30 days of sailing experience in 10 minutes by Jeff. Ever wondered how 30 days of sailing would feel like? How the moon and stars would feel like at sea, how the change in weather would feel like? How it would feel to sail through a storm? Immerse yourself in this timelapse and the life of a sailor briefly:

I also did a little timelapse (my first one) – of far inferior quality and less cinematic that you can see below:

Both, however, works on the same principle. Here’s how you can produce a timelapse with the bare minimum if you wish to give it a try.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • A digital camera with interval option
  • A stabilizer (usually a tripod) to keep the camera still
  • A video editing software (blender which is opensource and free should do the trick)
  • Time and Patience (lots of it)

HOW TO PROCEED:

  • Identify your spot and set up your tripod
  • Mount your camera on the tripod
  • Configure the interval for automated capture ( up to you to decide how many pictures and the gap between)
  • Set the camera to start and let it shoot
  • Avoid manually shooting or adjusting the camera once it starts but keep checking regularly
  • Remember that point where I talked about patience, yup that’s where it comes in handy (bringing a book with you is a good idea and it works for me).
  •  It’s a good idea to have a lot of pictures – in the hundreds or thousands – if you want a long video else you will end up with regrets and a mere 2 to 3 seconds video like mine.
  • After you are done, export all the pictures so that it can be stitched together -if you are using Blender, select the video editing UI and add the images, select the framerate you want and hit render.
  • Annnd that’s it! (you can add music if you like, it’s fairly easy from YouTube itself)

Hope you enjoyed and found this useful. Please share your timelapse if you have made or will be making any. I will try to upload a timelapse soon.

 

 

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