In our recent Media for Hire episode, you saw the amazing (well, pretty cool at least) transformation of our office. While we are pretty quick here at 12 Stars Media, it did take us a bit longer than 2 minutes to completely re-arrange the office, hang artwork, and build a cabinet (even with the instructions).
Timelapse photography is a way to show something in a short time, that would normally take hours, days, weeks, even years to view at its normal pace.
Believe it or not, you don’t really need any special equipment to do a basic timelapse. To get started, simply place a camcorder (flip camera, iPhone, or any other video capture device) on a tripod and hit record. Once the event is over, just speed the footage up in post production and voila!
And that is how a basic timelapse is done. You can also use a still-photo camera to capture super high resolution images to do a “pan and scan” where you digitally move around the frame to highlight different things. The only extra piece of equipment you’d need is an intervalometer - some cameras even have this feature built in to their settings.
Timelapses are just like everthing else in photography and videography – eveyone has their own solutions and work-arounds – just find what works best for you.
If you enjoy watching timelapse and want to learn more about it, check out Tom Lowe over at TimeScapes.org, he recently released a feature length film featuring his astro-timelapse photography.
Also, for a nifty behind the scenes, check out how it took the BBC two years to complete a 60 second timelapse for the TV series “Life.”