A Beginner’s Guide to Time-Lapse Photography

The world is full of photo opportunities. The splendors of Nature, peaceful and awe-inspiring, the many moods of people, celebrations and festivals- the list is endless. The world is also full of photography enthusiasts, who are happiest when they are clicking away with their phones, tablets and cameras. If you’re a serious photography fan then you’re familiar with Time-Lapse photography. If you’re not completely sure how to go about it, read on.

Time-lapse photography refers to the technique where you can create a video using images shot in a sequence over many hours. Creating the short video will help viewers gain an appreciation of the gradually unfolding scene that you so patiently followed to its finale. Imagine watching a film on the blooming of a cactus flower or the eruption of a volcano and you’ll get a sense of time lapse and how cool the technique is.

What you need to do is take multiple numbers of pictures, process them and arrange them in order. What you have is a time- lapse video that gives viewers a sense of the magnitude you witnessed, but in a much shorter time. Here’s what you’ll need to get started.

  1. A DSLR camera
  2. Intervalometer( remote)
  3. Tripod

While the first and last items on the list are easy enough to understand and procure, the intervalometer might need a bit of an introduction. This is a tool that lets you click pictures that are evenly spaced in exposure, freeing you up from the task of using the remote to take a certain number of pictures at particular intervals. You need to key in the delay you want between pictures and the intervalometer will do the rest for you, creating an equal time lag between images, even taking a break to even out uneven time gaps.

You can also use the tool for protractedtime lapses. Most advanced cameras have an intervalometer in-built, but buying one is not difficult at all.  Alternately, there’s enough software that you can use by just connecting your camera to your laptop.

The tripod offers stability to the camera and the images and you don’t need to hold on to the heavy camera for hours on end.

Now that you have your equipment in place, choose your scene- flowers blooming, a changing landscape, approaching rain, construction sites, slow cook dishes are all great examples for time-lapse to fit into.

Once you’ve decided your scene, decide on the intervalometer timing. You can multiply time and frames per second to arrive at the number of frames you’ll need for the video.

Now take a few test shots and see what issues need to be ironed out. Maybe the white balance needs to be adjusted or that the lighting is not at its optimum best, or the exposure and color ratio needs to be balanced out. Work on each and every issue otherwise your end product- the time-lapse video will suffer. Do make sure to get rid of your test shots and now press start. Don’t wander away just yet; keep a check on your camera, make sure the tripod is stable- keep it away from heavy winds, for instance- and wait for the camera to do its work.

Time-lapse photography is visually stunning and a fit testimony to the patience and creativity of the person behind the lens.

This is a guest post by Jake Anderson of fastinternetdeals.com, a site that offers savings and current information on att internet as well as at&t services.