How to Shoot a Time Lapse with a Wide Angle Lens

On this video Bloomberg Videographer and producer of Indy Mogul Griffin Hammond looks at how he shoots simple time lapse and explain his method.

Hammond shoots video for his work at a large publication and TV channel so it is interesting to see how he uses a consumer camera (the GH4) in this case to work for him to create simple yet professional looking timelapse videos.

He talks about the specific settings he uses and why he uses an ND filter and how he sets his intervelometer and how he calculates the finial time and why he uses 4:3 aspect ratio and not the more common 16:9 aspect ratio common in video shooting.

Bonus video: How to Edit a Time Lapse (in Final Cut Pro X)


We recently published another introduction video on shooting timelapse by Chase Kubasiak from Zacuto, a video by photographer Jay P. Morgan looking at shooting timelapse videos with and without movement of the camera, from different angles with his own tips on the subject as well as a second video on the subject entitled “Combining Time Lapse and Video at Sunset” and we posted several other guides for shooting timelapses including a step by step one by  Corey Rich as well as a  very comprehensive guide to time-lapse photography with photographer Vincent Laforet in 3 parts (the first episode in the series here and the second video here and the 3′rd can be found here) as well as a much more basic guide by photographer Gavin Hoey called “Timelapse Photography Tutorial“.

You can watch more HDSLR and video techniques on our dedicated HDSLR channel here on LensVid. If you like this short video you can check out more of Hammond’s videos, you can check them out here on LensVid.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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