During the past three years, I have thoroughly researched and practiced the technique of time-lapse photography. The knowledge gained has enabled me to create the great images that would otherwise have been impossible. Many people who watch my videos are wondering if they too would be able to make such images, and the answer is yes. Thanks to the modern technology and its affordable price, almost everyone has access to a digital SLR, and it does not take much more than that to take high quality time-lapses.
Whether you’re new to the technique of time-lapse or have experience, these tips will be very helpful when planning and implementing your time lapses.
I hope that you enjoy them and put them to practice.
Plan, plan, plan
… As the Chinese proverb says, if I had ten hours to chop down a tree, I would use seven in sharpening the ax. If we are going to make a “time-lapse” of a sunset, it makes no sense to do 30 miles by car loaded with our gear to get to the place chosen only two minutes before sunset. It is therefore very important to check both the sunsets and sunrises, and their orientation in respect to our subject and other possible elements, moon, tides, etc., which may come into play.
A great tool for this task is “The Photographer’s Ephemeris”. We must get to know its interface, observing the sun and moon and their trajectory, planning ahead our location … and only then to begin to prepare the gear.