Contrary to popular belief, time-lapses are not just 'pressing record'. They are actually a series of high-resolution pictures. It’s a technique that records a scene or objects that has a slow state-of-change and turns it into a video that plays back in high speed. In other words, it allows you to take a long period of time and play it back very quickly!
Here are 3 simple tips on how to create a time-lapse.
1) A tripod is your best friend.
Since your DSLR camera will be stationary (on something that changes slowly, like clouds,sunset,etc.), this is a must. It will help you maintain stability and keep things consistent. Sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised. :)
2) Plan accordingly.
To do this, keep in mind that the ratio is 24 pictures : 1 second of video. 24p refers to a video format that operates at 24 frames per second. So if you’re aiming for a 30 second time-lapse, you’ll need approximately720 pictures, or 720 frames. The amount of time needed depends on how many frames per second you take. You can take 1 frame per second, or 1 frame every 5 minutes - it all depends on how you’d like the time-lapse to look. TIP: if you’re capturing a scene at night and this requires your shutter to be open much more than normal… each picture may take much longer than a second to be taken, so do not think you can snap 24 pictures in 24 seconds. It could be a picture a minute, 10 minutes, etc. Overall - you’ll definitely need PATIENCE!
3) You’ll need an intervalometer.
This is basically a remote that will make your time-lapsing a whole lot easier. It’s is a device that plugs into a camera and controls how often, how long and how many shots are taken. This leaves you free to go do something else, like a quick session of parkour ;).
In this video, Josel will demonstrate his approach to shooting sweet time-lapses.