Time-lapse photography is not at all easy. You need to have great patience, perseverance, and determination to take hundreds or thousands of photos. But with proper planning and the right decisions, you can make your time-lapse photography journey much easier yet effective. Below are the top 5 such tips for you to read.
Top 5 Amazing Time-Lapse Photography Tips:-
Secure the wireless remote trigger properly
Camera shake could be the biggest destroyer of your time-lapse photography. To avoid it, get your hands free from the camera. Some photographers use a remote trigger and wrap that around the tripod. But it has a drawback. If the wind blows fast, the wire around the trigger will blow, and the camera will shake. So, you should use velcro to tie the remote trigger around the tripod leg, instead of long cords. The securely tied remote trigger will do the job of taking photos at a regular interval too.
Every photographer who wishes to click great timelapse photos must acquire the habits of note-taking. Write down the camera settings that you employ in manual mode. This note will be helpful later for reference. It is advisable to use your phone for this, to have a quick reference in the future. You can use apps like Evernote that can be accessed through any device.
Prepare with backup camera and battery
Firstly, try to use your old, backup camera to shoot time-lapse photographs, and save the shutter count of your new camera. Always remember to fully charge the battery before heading to shoot. DSLRs do have long battery life. Try to carry extra batteries as a backup too. If your gear allows USB charging, you can use a portable charger.
Use a small red LED flashlight
This tip is applicable only when you are shooting in the dark of course. The red color is not much noticeable in the sensor of your camera and therefore will help you to see in the dark and take photos accurately without altering the quality of your photos. You can use this red LED flashlight for astrophotography too because it helps you to see things without adding to light pollution. Also keep in mind that your old camera might not work well in this case, as you will probably shoot with high ISO at night.
Make yourself comfortable in long shooting hours
Timelapse photography takes a test of your patience. So, get ready for long tiresome hours of waiting while shooting. Consider the time and location of your shoot, and prepare accordingly. Check the weather forecast too. While some photographers prefer to leave the place after setting up the camera, and come back later when the work is done. But in major cases, you should keep an eye on your camera to see whether everything is going in the right direction.
And there is one additional tip for you- always plan the number of shots you will take before going out to shoot, by calculating the expecting length of your video and shooting intervals. For example, if your desired video length is 30 seconds, and as per your plan the video would be played at 30 frames per second (fps), you will need around 900 images. Planning in this way, collaborated with the above-mentioned tips, will make you successful in time-lapse photography.
Written By Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC.