Time-lapse photography is a cinematography technique whereby the frequency at which film frames are captured (aka the frame rate) is much lower that which will be used to play the sequence back. When you replay this sequence at normal speed, time appears to be moving faster and lapsing.
For example, an image of a scene may be captured once every second, then played back at 30 frames per second; the result is an apparent 30 times speed increase.Time-lapse photography can be considered the opposite of high-speed photography or slow motion.
Time-lapse photography is an exciting and beautiful concept. Manipulating time and reducing it to a few minutes is truly a testament to the progress photography has made. Capturing the seasons, days, and lives, and watching these as a whole is a great experience. The videos look brilliant, and after you start making them, you get a sense of satisfaction after watching your work.
The first use of Lapse-Time to record the movement of flowers took place in Yosemite in late 1911–1912 by Arthur C. Pillsbury, who built a special camera for this purpose and recorded the movements of flowers through their life cycle. Pillsbury owned the Studio of the Three Arrows in the Valley and applied the technique to solving the problem of ensuring the survival of the rapidly shrinking varieties in the meadows. The Cavalry, then in charge of Yosemite, were mowing the meadows to produce fodder for their horses.
Tips for Time-lapse Photography
While doing time-lapse photography, keep these tips in mind:
· If you’re considering a hiking spot for the shoot, download Google maps and use offline maps to avoid getting lost on your way. Or totally avoid this tip and have a mini adventure!
· Keep a flashlight handy for nighttime shooting.
· An important tip is to carry supplies in case you need to camp out. Definitely carry warm clothes for the night and a phone filled with music and movies and a power bank to avoid getting bored.
· Manual mode is the best, since your camera won’t adjust itself according to the light, and you get a true picture. Manual mode is for everything: ISO, shutter speed, aperture, and white balance.
· Auto-focus once before you start to shoot, and then change the focus to manual. This keeps the camera from auto focusing after every shot and saves battery time.
· Shoot in low resolution to save battery time. Reduce the resolution as much as possible to save space.
· Motion and Composition are two of your basic points while making a time-lapse video. Make sure you anticipate the movement of your subject and compose your shot so that the change in movement as time passes falls within your frame.· Tripod safety is an important point to note. Keep the trigger wire safely fastened by using a Velcro. Avoid long cords dangling in the wind; they are a sure call for trouble.
· Keep the music you’ll use in mind. Choose something that goes with your subject and is pleasing to the ears.
Famous Time-lapse Photographers
1. Randy Halverson
Credits: RANDY HALVERSON
2. Teehan + Lax
Credits: TEEHAN + LAX
3. Enrique Pacheco
Credits: ENRIQUE PACHECO
4. Tom Lowe
Credits: TOM LOWE
5. Christopher Malin
Credits: CHRISTOPHER MALIN
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