What is Time Lapse?
Timelapse is a photography technique used to make motion movie footage using a stills camera.
Movie cameras shoot 24 frames per second. If you take a sills camera and shoot at 1 frame per second, then put all the photos in a row and play them back at 24 frames per second,
you'll have a time lapse shot that has effective sped up time to 24 times normal speed.
What makes Time Lapse so special?
Speeding up time brings a surreal quality to movie footage. You can see things that are not obvious at real time speeds - for example the stars or shadows moving.
Another reason is image quality. A stills frame from a low-cost camera is usually higher quality and resolution than the most expensive digital cinema cameras.
Because of this, even hobbyists with very little equipment can achieve amazing images.
How can I learn Time Lapse?
As well as being a movie, Timescapes is also a Time Lapse Discussion Forum
Thousands of photographers from around the world contribute to the forum, which caters for beginners up to the world's top professionals.
Learn techniques from the pros in a friendly environment.
What equipment would I need to shoot time lapse?
You need three things:
- A digital camera. For best results, a DSLR.
- A means to keep the camera still - usually a tripod.
- A way to trigger photos at regular intervals. Some cameras have a time lapse mode, most will need an external intervalometer - a device that basically
presses the shutter for you every few seconds.
- A computer to link the images together and make movie files.
What is TimeScapes?
TimeScapes is the debut film from Tom Lowe, an award winning photographer who is renowned for his astro-photography and time-lapse photography.
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