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Introduction to Time-lapse Photography

When taking time-lapse photography, there are some golden rules that have to be met to avoid flickering on the finished video.

The camera and lens have to be set to manual to ensure that all the photographs have the same exposure and focal point.  The camera must be placed on a tripod.  

If the camera is set to auto ISO, (the camera’s light sensitivity), then that also has to be set to manual.  I would suggest something between ISO 200 - 400.

An interval timer release, (Intervalometer), has to be used, whether that is with a remote shutter timer release or the camera’s built in intervalometer.

This is necessary to prevent camera shake; apart from which, you really don’t  want to be stood by the camera pressing the shutter release every 2 seconds for twenty minutes or so.

In the video below, I took 2,780 images at two second intervals over a period of 90 minutes in the Jpeg format. The amount of data was 11, 120 Megabytes which was transposed into a time lapse video using Adobe Lightroom.


Time-lapse Photography

Time-lapse photography is a technique whereby the frequency at which film frames are captured (the frame rate) is much lower than that used to view the sequence. When played at normal speed, time appears to be moving faster

For example, an image of a scene may be captured once every second, then played back at 24 frames per second; the result is an apparent 24 times speed increase, which can show in a moment what would happen very slowly in real life.

This is used very effectively in showing the constellations moving across the night sky, or recording the formation of clouds.

Similarly, I have seen time-lapses of a railway stations, city centres, light trails of cars at night.

When it comes to time-lapse, anything goes.

I created this using Lightroom but there are a number of programs on the Internet that will do time-lapse:

Virtual Dub

Is a free version.


The finished product.