I’ve been experimenting with time-lapse since quite a while. Such a timelapse video is typically created from many individual images that have been shot over a longer period of time. Movements are visible in these clips which are normally not easy to perceive with the naked eye (such as drawing clouds). You put the camera  on a tripod, connect a interval timer and for trigger the camera e.g. every 5 seconds. Depending on the motif and duration, 300, 600 or even 900 frames are shot. For a 20 sec. clip you need 480 photos, for a frame rate of  24 fps.

Some of my clips:

Since I shoot RAW, it’s a lot of data for a short clip. To create the video only JPGs with target size/resolution are needed, but the higher dynamic range of the RAW files help to cope in post with contrasty scenes. I develop the files in Lightroom and export as JPGs, which are then put together in a capable program. There are many tools out you can use for this task: Photoshop, iMovie, Final Cut, DaVinci Resolve, Premiere, LRTimelapse and various free tools.


A special kind of time-lapse films are Hyperlapse, also called Walklapse, Spacelapse or stop-motion Timelapse. The camera does not remain in the same position on the tripod, but gets moved between the shots (manually, with a slider or during a car ride). In order for the film to run smoothly, the camera has to be triggered (manually) in nearly the same frequency. So taking a shot, brush your nose, move the tripod, next shot, doesn’t work! The steps you move the camera should also similar from one frame to the other and it’s ideal to point the camera to the same direction, eg. keep a distant landmark in the same postion in the viewfinder. In this video from Patrick Ludolph and Gunther Wegner you can see how it’s done (German).

I went to the Stuttgart’s Königstraße one afternoon and gave it a try. Quite simple: the pattern of the plaster helps to find the position for the next shot. Actually not so simple: the plaster is crooked and humped and the framing varies quite a bit from shot to shot. Daniele from StudioVier “stabilized” the clip for me.Thanks Daniele! Much better than before but beware! If you tend to get seasick, you better just look with one eye.

Most likely I will not continue with Hyperlapse. Moreover timelapse are not that interesting to me any longer since there are not so many interesting things to shoot.
Still I find it amazing how many different things there are you can do with a camera and some software to kill your time in a creative way. More about that (fire!) coming soon.

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