Timelapse Photography II: The Art of Hyperlapse

, Photographer / Creator of Lonely Speck

Class Project

Create a hyperlapse of your favorite local landmark.

About the Class

Welcome to Timelapse Photography II: The Art of Hyperlapse

Brandenburg Gate Hyperlapse

Camera motion is arguably the most impressive addition to any timelapse movie. Where timelapse adds the dimension of time, hyperlapse adds the dimension of depth. Hyperlapse is the ultimate form of motion timelapse with camera motion that covers long distances.

Usually the addition of camera motion requires expensive equipment like motorized dollies or belt-driven camera sliders. Hyperlapse is extremely accessible and requires no special equipment. Anyone with a digital camera can create a professional, high definition hyperlapse movie. 

Timelapse Photography II: The Art of Hyperlapse is the second part of a three course series on timelapse photography. Students will create a hyperlapse, a specialized timelapse with camera motion over long distances.

In the prerequisite course, Timelapse Photography I: Introduction to Timelapse, students learned the basic professional timelapse workflow and created a timelapse of their favorite local landmark. 

In the final course, Timelapse Photography III: Seamless Day to Night, students create a sunset timelapse that seamlessly transitions from day to night. 

What You'll Learn

  • Hyperlapse Motion Types and Anchor Points.  Pre-planning motion and camera setup.
  • Hyperlapse Shooting Techniques. Executing the hyperlapse shoot and techniques for the smoothest motion.
  • Hyperlapse Stabilization Methods. Compiling and stabilizing frames into a high definition movie 

Berliner Dom Hyperlapse

What You'll Make

  • Deliverable. Create a high definition hyperlapse movie of your favorite local landmark. 
  • Brief. You'll learn how to setup, shoot and edit a professional quality hyperlapse sequence with camera motion that covers a long distance. You will learn how to stabilize and compile your frames into a high definition movie to share with the world on Vimeo or YouTube. 
  • Specs. You'll use a digital camera or smartphone to shoot a hyperlapse sequence. You'll edit these photos in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and add background music. You'll share a stablilized sequence on Youtube or Vimeo.

Cathedral Hypelapse

More Information

Students should complete the prerequisite class: Timelapse Photography I: Introduction to Timelapse Students should have at minimum a digital camera. Any digital camera is acceptable. It can be a DSLR, compact or even a smartphone. Students should have a basic understanding of their camera operation. If using a smartphone, I recommend an advanced camera app like Camera Awesome. Finally, for the best stabilization results, I recommend that students have Adobe After Effects. A free trial can be downloaded at adobe.com/downloads.

Level: Intermediate

School: Photography

Related Subjects: Street Photography, Photographic Composition, Digital Photography, Adobe After Effects, Photo Editing

At a Glance

  • 4 Video Lessons (16m)
  • 161 Students
  • 100% Positive Reviews (3)
  • Self-Paced Online Class

About the Teacher

Ian Norman

Ian Norman

Photographer / Creator of Lonely Speck

Ian Norman is a professional commercial photographer specializing in Timelapse Photography and Night Photography. He is the creator of Lonely Speck, where he shares astrophotography te...

100% Positive Reviews

Shahin Mohamed

Shahin Mohamed

A very simple and easy way to understand how to shoot and process Hyperlapses. Thank you.

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