Techniques For Shooting Time Lapse Videos

Do you know that one impressive and skillfully made time-lapse video can take you to another level of success? If you are still confused about whether creating a time-lapse would be fun and a way to earn money, then you haven’t observed the internet carefully. Millions of time lapses are made and shared every single day, while their creators are enjoying their new profession gladly. Honestly, constructing time-lapse isn’t very arduous, just keep the fundamentals in mind and be confident in what you plan. As time-lapse is created by putting together numerous pictures, which turn out to portray the difference occurring while the time passes, however, the most important point to think about is the time-lapse interval, and deciding what the best time-lapse interval is. We can suggest a few ideal time intervals, for instance, 1 second is appropriate for moving traffic and clouds, 1-3 seconds for sunset, sunrise, and crowds, and an interval of 15-30 seconds for constructions, etc.

Step-By-Step Guide To Time Lapse Photography

To be a master of time-lapse you need to follow each step written below prudently in order to achieve the best results in the first attempt…

Choose A Location

Of course, for shooting time-lapse scenes you need to find the perfect location for it, as the spot and place must have visible differences in hours. You can go for the easy ones at the beginning : clouds, flowers, shadows, etc.



Pick The Equipment

It isn’t a necessity to go for the best branded cameras like DSLR or others by Fuji film, Canon, etc. Get all the necessary accessories, like a tripod stand, intervalometer, things to eat, and other important items because a single 20 seconds time-lapse video needs around 500 shots. So be prepared to stay on site a long time.


Camera Settings

This is the moment to fix the camera and lens. In the camera, turn on the settings in the ‘Menu button’ and turn on the time-lapse mode. If you are employing a normal camera or phone, then switch it to the ‘Manual Mode’. Shutter speed needs to be set at this point as it will determine the sharpness of the pictures. It can be turned from 1-100, depending upon the objects you want to focus on. Crowds and such things don’t look appropriate in very sharp images, but for construction sites and the sky, set the shutter speed at a high number.

Next, fix the light exposure with Aperture in the camera. No one can recommend the right aperture because every spot is lit up differently. So it is better if you try and click some sample pictures in order to achieve the right scale. Another light related setting is ISO, adjusting it is simple! If you are shooting at night then keep the ISO high and if it is a day-time shoot then keep it low.



An intervalometer is a device that allows the photographer to choose how many intervals should be maintained between the pictures. This would actually determine the speed of your video. If you extend the intervals then the changes in the video won’t be very clear, and if you shorten the intervals then you will end up with more pictures that would look more similar to each other.

At this point, enter the number of shots you wish to take. If you want to make a time-lapse video of 10 seconds, then at least take 250 pictures and set this number in your camera. You can increase and decrease the number with this ratio. However, it is safe if you set the number at least 20-30 pictures higher than your target. Now that the settings are done, start clicking!



At this point, you can employ other techniques like the tilt shift since you have got the pictures. If you don’t know how to create a tilt-shift effect, relax! It’s easy, just slow down the speed, and add a blur filter. Keep the focus on the moving areas and blur other surroundings.