Timelapse 101: Tips and Techniques

On this B&H video Chase Kubasiak from Zacuto takes a look at some of the basics of shooting a timelapse both in terms of gear and technique.

Kubasiak starts by talking about the equipment – he suggest using a camera and an intervalometer, tripod (or motorized head/slider, variable ND and enough memory on your cards.

Next you need to understand how the shutter speed and the time between shots effects your end result. If you space out your results (say 1 shot every 5 seconds instead of every 2 seconds an hours of timelepse recording will be squeezed into a much shorter video). As for shutter speed – a longer shutter speed creates more blur in the timelapse – this actually looks less choppy (faster shutter speeds looks more like a stop-motion).

We recently published photographer Jay P. Morgan look 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“.

We area currently putting the finishing touches to our upcoming review of the  Syrp Genie Mini which is a very useful accessory for adding motion to timelapse shooting.

You can find all of Jay P. Morgan’s videos here on LensVid on the following link. As always you can find more helpful photography tips on our Photography tips section here on LensVid.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of LensVid.com. 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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