Lately I have been doing timelapse. It is a way of making movie using series of photos capturing each movement in the scene.
So how does one make a timelapse.
To make a timelapse you need the following:
- A camera to capture the movements(a DSLR camera would be great in order to have a digital format you can use with a program or software)
- A tripod for a stable setup. Also, tripod will lock your position, remember that the purpose of a timelapse is to capture the movement of the scene not that of the camera. Your camera should be just in one and the same location
- A moving scene. It could be a scene where only one subject is moving or several objects are moving.
- Software that will allow you to combine the series of pictures into a single movie. I used Lightroom 3 and downloaded a preset that allows to make the photos come into a 30fps to 24 fps. FPS stands for FRAMES PER SECOND which means in a second you actually saw that number of photos. So for 24 fps there were 24 photos put together in one second.
- Additional software to integrate other film elements like sound or music and credits. I use the free Windows Live Movie Maker.
- A cable release to trigger shots without adding movement. Also, though optional an intervelometer will be helpful to let your camera capture a series of photos at a time interval by itself.
Taking the shots:
- Make sure you have the spot where the scene will capture most movements
- Setup your tripod in a way that camera shakes will be avoided.
- Set your camera to manual focus to avoid refocusing during shots.
- Adjust your camera accordingly to get a clear shot or whatever artistic style you want to add to your timelapse.
- Attached your cable release or your intervelometer. Make sure it is attached in a way that will not add a shake to your camera every shot.
- If you are just using a cable release decide at what intervals will you take a shot. I usually take every 5 seconds. If you are using an intervelometer you can set it and just let it shot photos on itself.
- Take your pictures. The number of photos will depend on what movement you want to capture.
Making the timelapse:
- Transfer your photos to your photo editing software
- Make necessary changes to your photos. Remember though that whatever changes on one photo it should also made to other photos. Lightroom has the sync function to effect a change in one photo for the rest
- Make sure that the photos are lined up in the right order. In Lightroom I combine the photos using Slideshow adding a preset that will convert it into a film in a 24-30 fps.
- After making the video, combined other elements like music and credits using another software.
- After adding other elements save the movie file in a format compatible with video players or to acceptable formats by online sites like Youtube and Vimeo.
Below is another sunset video I made, but this time it has some cloud movements. Also, if you noticed there is a slight glitch right before the sun really sets. I sneeze or something so as a reminder always make sure that you will not be interrupted when taking the series of photos.