Time-Lapse Photography

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September 22, 2016

Time-Lapse Photography

If you are fan of stop motion or sequential images on Facebook you are already in love with Time-Lapse. Time-Lapse is a cinematography technique that is used to increase the sequence view of frames.


watch-1267418_640The film frames are captured at a very low pace as compared to the frequency of view. These shots appear to be moving quicker when played at a normal speed. For instance, an image is clicked once every instant, then played at a rate of 50 frames per second, which would result in 50 times increase in speed.


Time speed photography should not be confused with high-speed photography, slow motion or stop motion animation. By employing the time-lapse photography technique, the actions, which are subtle to the naked eye, can be enhanced manifolds. Rising and setting of sun, movements of stars, the formation of clouds, and the opening of flower buds are all very subtle movements, which are too negligible to take note of if seen through the naked eye.


The first application of Time-Lapse photography technique is dated back to 1897 when Georges Melies applied it to his film “Carrefour De L’Opera”. In Nature Photography, F. Percy Smith is known to be the first one who made the use of this technique in his picture “The Birth of a Flower” back in 1910. In 1911-1912, Arthur C. Pillsbury designed a special camera, which was particular to record lapse time. He captured the entire life cycle of a flower with the help of his invention. Gear for recording Time-Lapse


  1. Tripod – To capture a perfect stable shot, you have to have a solid platform for your camera to be placed upon. No matter, how good your frame composition is, your shot is no better than gibberish if it is jerky. Always carry a stable tripod with easy portability.
  2. Intervalometer – It is an automated trigger for the camera to snap scores of photos at regular intervals. This device is programmable and saves you a lot of trouble though its automated control.
  3. Camera – A DSLR is all you need to have to snap the wonderful Time-Lapse photos. Additionally, there are specialized Time-Lapse cameras as well which saves you a lot of time and trouble. They are smaller and can be placed anywhere on a busy road to a deserted forest.
  4. ND Filters – Always use ND Filters, in order to reduce the intensity of light without affecting having the color affected.


northern-lights-225525_640Tips for creating perfect Time-Lapse Shots:

  1. Choose the subject Choosing the subject of your photos is at your disposal. Always choose the subject wisely.
  2. Figure all the details out beforehand. Intervals, event’s length, the final appearance of the movie and frame rate should be decided first.
  3. Snap still Photographs With the help of intervalometer and a camera, start capturing photos. Adjust your camera to required settings, which include adjusting the exposure and white balance to manual and saving the pictures in a JPG format.
  4. Get your photos edited with the help of Photoshop Photoshop is always at your service.
  5. Gather all the photographs and compile them into a video Open the edited pictures in any video-making software and convert all the images into a motion picture

Give final touches to video Add music, titles, and effects to enhance the elegance of your video.

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