I’ve been shooting time-lapse for several years now and learnt a great deal along the way. I’ve put together this short video tutorial for anyone wanting to get a great start in time-lapse. Shooting this stuff can be as complex or as simple as you like.
Here’s my top tips:
- Always shoot Raw, as you can see in the tutorial this gives you amazing control and flexibility when using Capture One Pro 7
- Shoot in manual exposure
- If the light is changing we sometimes use aperture priority (Try to use spot metering, and locate a building or some other fixed object to meter off)
- Fix the camera and don’t touch it once shooting (the tiniest bit of movement can ruin a whole sequence)
- Use shutter speeds around 1/15 sec or slower, we tend to shoot around 1/4 sec
- Use ND filters so you can get the shutter speed down in strong daylight
- Understand where the sun is moving
- For more dynamic results use a motorised dolly or slider, this works best with some sort of foreground object.
Once you’ve got the images processed, there’s a number of ways to construct the time-lapse, I tend to use Quicktime 7 or an App called “Sequence” by Frosthaus AS available on the App store (sorry I can only make suggestions for Macs).
That’s it, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment if you have any questions.
Adrian Weinbrecht is one Europe’s best established commercial advertising photographers and shoots for a diverse range of top-tier international clients like Sony, UBS, BBC, Jaguar Land Rover, Adidas.