​Time-lapse photography skills

​Time-lapse photography skills

In fact, with the development of digital single-eye camera technology and post-production editing software, canvas prints time-lapse photography has been gradually paid attention to by photography players, but also provide more love "chong" landscape photographers a new way to present their works. When it comes to the pleasure of shooting time-lapse photography, it can present the fantastic visual effect that "cannot be felt by the naked eye" and "thousands of years like a day". I believe that every photographer who is keen on this way will agree. Here are three shooting time points to share the basic Settings of the camera, namely the time when day, night and light and dark meet.

The daytime shot

Basically, exposure mode can be set in aperture priority mode, canvas australia white balance is selected automatically, ISO value as low as possible. One of the most important, is the shutter speed to slow down as far as possible, if is 1/1000 of a second or 1/2000th of a second such a fast shutter speed to shoot, will be frozen moments, but because after filming after clips into the flow of the film, so try to slow down the shutter speed, for example, using the speed under 1/50 of a second, so in the system will be more convenient, pictures will be more smooth.

Night shot

It is recommended that you use manual mode (M mode) for shooting. For the white balance part, automatic white balance can be used in the environment with light. For the dark environment (mountain area), it is suggested to adjust to the color, split canvas prints temperature and white balance of about 3300K, so that the picture will be bluish and more pleasant. If the automatic white balance is used in a dark environment, the picture may appear coffee or yellow tone. Before shooting, use a higher ISO (for example, ISO800), aperture F5.6, and shutter speed of 30 seconds for test shooting, and observe the scene and environment details (such as whether the composition is stable, whether there are unnecessary objects such as telephone poles in the picture, etc.). Basically, the exposure time should be no more than 30 seconds, because with interval time, it may take more than 40 seconds to take a single photo, and the subsequent image may not flow smoothly because of the time difference, such as the cloud flow will not connect and intermittent. Exposure time controlled within 30 seconds, the continuity of scenery will be more ideal. - www.fsbus.com

The twilight hour

At this time, whether from day to night, or from night to day, the camera must record the whole process. In from captured during the day night, aperture priority mode options are available, first using a small aperture, then slowly up (for example, from the making, f-18s, F16 rose slowly to F5.6, F4), so that we can make shutter speed during the filming of a day and night to close as far as possible, if the gap is too big (such as 1/60 of a second during the day, night for 30 seconds), after the system is likely to happen during the day when the picture can be flat, but into the night but become similar to speed up play, the whole is not harmonious. In addition, you can also try to fix the aperture, shutter speed, let the ISO automatic increase, so that the aperture and shutter speed balance, but the disadvantage is that the high sensitivity of the image quality. In addition to the basic concepts mentioned above, I would like to share with you the ways of setting it from several aspects related to time-lapse photography.

Shoot number

How many shots must a scene take to qualify as a time-lapse project? It is recommended that you take at least 250-300 shots. Similar pictures can only be converted into a film of about 10 seconds in post-production, and because time-lapse photography is presented in a flowing way, the cut effects between the scene and the front and back scenes (such as fading in and out) should be taken into account in editing, and about 2 seconds should be deducted, so the actual film presented is actually only 6-8 seconds. In terms of visual experience, a picture of about 6 seconds can maintain viewers' attention. If the same picture is played for too long, it is easy to make people impatient. Of course, if the video is particularly wonderful, you can consider playing a little longer.

Time-lapse photography skills

Selected file format for shooting

If you encounter high contrast environment, it is recommended to use RAW file for shooting, in the post production and then light up the dark. When shooting from a smooth light source, it is sometimes useful to shoot JPEG files directly. Also, there's a lot of room to use RAW after shooting at night. If you have a camera on hand, choose a 14bit RAW file (or the one that takes up the most memory card capacity) because it is more generous, especially in high-contrast environments, which can help you recover from mistakes.


It is recommended that you use full/average metering (matrix metering, balance metering), because the shooting time of time-lapse photography is very long, and the scenery is constantly changing during the time, if you choose the central key metering or point metering, there may be metering error, resulting in too bright or dark part of the problem.

Exposure compensation

Generally speaking, if about 0.3ev can be reduced during shooting, the color of the picture will be relatively saturated. If you do not add/subtract light, the overall color will be relatively flat.

For daytime shooting, you can turn on autofocus, let the camera focus, then turn off autofocus and turn it into manual focus. This is to avoid moving objects, vehicles or people affecting the focus system and causing the focus area to run into the wrong area.

The hand shake

Many new lenses or camera bodies now come with a handy feature to prevent hand vibration, but time-lapse photography is similar to landscape photography. When shooting through the foot frame, turn off the function related to hand vibration to achieve a more stable shooting effect.

Mirror prelock

If the camera at hand has this function, it is recommended that you pre-lock the mirror, acrylic prints online which can reduce the vibration of the mirror during shooting and make the picture more delicate.

15th Oct 2019

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