The Art of Timelapse and Hyperlapse Photography

Ian Norman, Photographer / Creator of Lonely Speck

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16 Lessons (1h 11m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:30
    • 2. Picking your Timelapse Subject

      1:23
    • 3. Timelapse Equipment Introduction

      2:44
    • 4. Setting Up and Shooting your Timelapse

      4:38
    • 5. Batch Processing Timelapse Frames in Adobe Lightroom

      12:16
    • 6. Compiling the Timelapse

      9:38
    • 7. Closing Remarks and Adding Motion in Timelapse II

      4:06
    • 8. Motion Types and Anchor Points

      2:12
    • 9. Hyperlapse Shooting Techniques

      2:47
    • 10. Stabilizing with YouTube

      2:50
    • 11. Advanced Stabilizing in Adobe After Effects

      8:22
    • 12. Camera Preparation and Setup

      3:16
    • 13. Shooting a Holy Grail Timelapse Sequence

      2:05
    • 14. Exposure Leveling in Lightroom and LRTimelapse

      5:43
    • 15. Color Grading with Lightroom and LRTimelapse

      6:51
    • 16. Explore Photo Classes on Skillshare

      0:36
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Project Description

Create timelapse sequences of a local landmark

Creating a Timelapse

  1. Project Brief

    This class will take you through techniques to capture professional level timelapse and hyperlapse sequences. You will challenge yourself by creating three different sequences: a timelapse, a hyperlapse, and a day-to-night timelapse. You will complete the overall project in the following suggested order:

    • Post 1-3 written sentences describing the landmark that will be the subject of your project and why you chose it. 
    • Create a timelapse sequence of the landmark you chose and post it to your student project as a .gif or video link
    • Create a hyperlapse (a timelapse when the camera is moving) of a local landmark and post it to your student project as a .gif or video link
    • Create a day-to-night timelapse sequence (the holy grail of timelapse because it is pretty tough!) and post it to your student project as a .gif or video link

    Tools & Materials 

    • Digital Camera (DSLR, compact or even a smartphone).
    • Tripod.
    • An Intervalometer is optional but helpful.
    • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, LRTimelapse, and Adobe After Effects (all of which have free trials available).
  2. Share: Write a 1-3 sentence description of the landmark you will be shooting and why

    In this first section of the class you will be completing a timelapse of your favorite landmark. You'll start by choosing the landmark and then move on to take the steps necessary in order to capture the timelapse.

    • For a detailed rundown of the steps to take in order to complete your timelapse, please download the attached PDF for this section.

    SHARE: Write a 1-3 sentence description of the landmark you will be shooting and why

  3. Share: Post your final timelapse sequence in your student project section

    After following along with the videos and the project brief PDF from the previous project step, you will be all set to complete your timelapse sequence. 

    You can share your timelapse sequence in one of two ways:

    • Save the file as a .gif and post it into your student project (ideal format because we can all see the projects right away!)
    • Upload the file to YouTube or Vimeo and then post the link in your student project section

    Share: Post your final timelapse in your student project section.

The Art of Hyperlapse

  1. Share: Create you hyperlapse sequence of a local landmark

    In this part of the class you will build on the skills you learned in the first section to add camera movement to your sequence, therefore creating a hyperlapse. Download the attached PDF for a detailed breakdown of all the steps you need to take in order to complete a hyperlapse sequence.

    • Once finished, save your hyperlapse sequence as either .gif or YouTube/Vimeo file.

    Share: Upload your hyperlapse sequence (or post the video link) to your student project. 

Holy Grail Hyperlapse

  1. Share: Create a day to night timelapse sequence

    If you have made it this far, congrats! Now it is time to take it up a notch... this section of the class teaches you how to create the "Holy Grail" of timelapse: a seamless transition from day to night. Download the attached PDF for a detailed breakdown of all the steps you need to take in order to complete a day to night timelapse sequence.

    • Once finished, save your day to night timelapse sequence as either .gif or YouTube/Vimeo file. 

    Share: Upload your day to night timelapse sequence (or post the video link) to your student project. 

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