I admit to being partial to a bit of timelapse. As evidenced by my previous attempts at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (below) and the Hepworth Wakefield Gallery. However its very much something I’ve taught myself from bits and pieces I’ve found online. I don’t profess to be any kind of expert and I’m always looking for ways to get better at it.
Professional Photographer Dave Delnea has just released an eBook on Craft & Vision called “Timelapse” and it’s a great resource if you want to get into shooting these or, if like me, you want to learn more and take better timelapses.
The contents cover three main sections:
- The equipment you’ll need (my favourite is the foldable chair!)
- The camera settings to achieve the best images
- Post-processing tips to convert your image sequence into a video
There are a few “gotchas” that can cause you problems when first starting out with timelapse. One in particular that I had problems with is flicker in your final video due to changes in the ambient light and the exposures your camera takes. Dave covers this in some detail providing tips on how to mitigate this when taking the shots or tools to address it in post-production. The tool he recommends – LRTimelapse – integrates with Adobe Lightroom very well and is something I tried before. Here’s an experiment I did using LRTimelapse to correct flicker.
Finally the book ends with links to some great timelapse videos Dave Delnea has created – both personal projects and commercial work.
Timelapse is fun and speeding up time is a great way to see the world in a new light. Many people may think its complicated and takes lots of expensive software but it really isn’t difficult and you may already have most of the software you need. If you’re interested you can use the promotional code TIME4 when you purchase TIMELAPSE to get it for just $4 OR use the code TIME20 to get 20% off when you buy 5+ PDF eBooks from the Craft & Vision collection. These codes expire at 11:59pm (PST) March 22, 2013 (check your timezone here).