Hey everyone, welcome to Time-lapse Photography!
How are you? When you have been travelling whats better than setting up the tent and getting a campfire going? Why not also set up a camera to record some time-lapse sunsets? Time-lapse Photography is a form of photography where multiple images are shot, say one every 30 seconds and then all the images are put together to form a short video.
With time-lapse photography I usually set up to capture 2 images per minute and so 120 images per hour. Most video has a frame rate of 24-29 frames per second so 1 hours worth of photography creates about 4 seconds of video, 120/29=4.137931034482759 seconds… roughly. Have you nodded off yet or are you still with me?
You can use a gadget called an intervalometer that controls the camera instead of sitting there pressing the shutter button every 30 seconds for hours on end, yay! So it’s easy? Yes… and no, as long as the exposures for each image are the same the intervalometer will do the job all day. All day is the point, what if the sun starts going down? Then what do you do? As it gets darker the exposures get longer so you need to adjust the camera settings to suit. So do you have to sit by the camera adjusting the settings again? Yes… and no, I use LRTimelapse who produce a program that examines each image as it is captured and adjusts the camera settings. Follow this link for more info www.lrtimelapse.com
In olden times, such as 5 years ago, you would have to make the day/night adjustments by yourself. This would mean spending hours monitoring the camera. This amount of work and level of difficulty led to day/night videos being called ‘Holy Grail’ sequences in time-lapse Photography.
Well that’s about it for the time being, here is a link to a few of my Time-lapse videos, enjoy! Parkes Time-lapse