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Time Lapse Photography for Beginners

teacher avatar Liesel Kershoff, Time Lapse & Landscape Photographer

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Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Time Lapse for Beginners

    • 2. Equipment & Camera Settings

    • 3. Aperture

    • 4. Shutter Speed & Interval

    • 5. Let's shoot!

    • 6. Process & Render

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About This Class

If you've ever wanted to start out with time lapse photography, but don't know where to start or don't know how to do it properly, this class is for you. 

We discuss basic equipment, camera settings, aperture, shutter speeds and interval.  We then jump real deep into the 180° degree shutter rule which can be really confusing for first time shooters.

I will take you on a very basic time lapse shoot and then back home, walk you through importing the photo's to Lightroom and LRTimelapse  and rendering the final video.

Lightroom has a 30 day free trial download and LRTimelapse has a free download for beginners.

Lightroom - http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-lightroom.html

LRTimelapse - http://lrtimelapse.com/download/

LRTimelapse has excellent tutorials on how to use the software, please watch them to familiarize yourself with all the steps.

Due to time constraints and to keep things simple and easy, I will not be going into the Holy Grail procedure in this class.  I would urge you to first shoot a few time lapses using my method described in these classes, before moving on to exposure jumps. 

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Liesel Kershoff

Time Lapse & Landscape Photographer


I have been chasing sunrises and sunset since 2007.  in 2013 my interest was piqued by time lapse photography and I decided to throw myself into the deep side, devouring every tutorial, blog and forum I could about time lapse photography.

I created a few short films from my time lapse travels which can be seen on Vimeo. 



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1. Time Lapse for Beginners: wait for the next few classes. I was here with you. My knowledge of time lapse. I should've process it. We will discuss what equipment you need. Camera settings. In the end, we will shoot them. Process It are perhaps. 2. Equipment & Camera Settings: All right, So let's talk about equipment. You do need a try pots, and you need a camera and elites and your camera needs to be able to be programmed to manual vote. It also needs to have an internal interval meter. But if it doesn't have one, they just go online and search for one like this on. You can attach that to your camera. Then what is really nice to have is a neutral density. Filters like this one. This is a three stop neutral density filters. Smooth, neutral density filters gonna help you to expose your time lapse and get them. Let's get your camera ready to shoot. Time lapse. We're gonna change some settings on your camera on all these settings will help you to avoid flicker in your time lapse. The 1st 1 is to set your camera on manual mode so the camera doesn't make its own decisions . Turn off auto focus and all stabilization on your knee insists so that focus stays constant on one point. Turn off auto white balance. We do not want to camera to change the white balance. We will train set ourselves later on in life What I use is Calvin Meter and minus it to 5000 and then very important. Shoot everything in role because we're gonna imported to light from and we are going to change a lot of settings. 3. Aperture: you really know that aptitude to mistake the field, but what you probably didn't know is that your reputable light of release does not always close on exactly the same spot as before. The's small margins of here is not notice, boy normal photography, but in time lapse, it can cause exposure to slightly differ from one friend to the next, and that causes flicker. This is why we're starting out with Tom Lips. I would urge you to shit on the widest possible for your legs this intrusive these no closing down an opening up of epic tabloids between shots. Keeping your exposure exactly the same. You probably scratching your head and thinking, How are we gonna shoot landscape for? But if you focus, you lens correctly. This will hardly be noticeable videos for more lenient and still photography, and most prefer a ball to shallow depths of field show dates upfield to also lobster for because your audience states into subject, not background 4. Shutter Speed & Interval: Okay, so now you thought that was a serious subject. We are getting to the most serious subject, and that is shutter speed. Remember that time lapse is a combination off store photography and video photography. When you're shooting in time lapse, you need to keep in mind that your time lapse or end up this video, so deciding on a shutter speed is very crucial. In time, lapse should to speak, captures motion a short shutter speed freezes motion, longer shutter speed, blues motion. And that's where the importance of the shutter speed comes in. Let's discuss from right If recorder movements 30 frames per second, that means such a camera capture study voters a second, so you're sure to speak for each photo can only be won over city because it has to capture city off. Those voters in one second any longer show to speak. Then one over city video camera will not be able to capture photos in the form industry if they want to shoot it. Forced to shutter speeds, then relative to the frame right, they have a rule they apply, which is called 100 and 80 degree rule. Now that rule states that you can capture off the movement available to the camera before Flicka Sensi. Now, if you look at a circle of 360 degrees off that this 180 degrees so easily puts, what is rule states is that avoid flicker? You need to capture off more off the motion available to the camera. Anything less Flicka will set in. So let's bring this 180 degrees shattered into time lapse. But instead of using our prime right, we will be using our interval. So climb this rule to turn up photography. If your interval is five seconds, you should speeches between off seconds to capture off off the movement. This is quite an extreme rule to follow in time lapse photography because you have to affect us working against you, which is exposure and buffer time. You will struggle to exposure photos in daylight and your camera needs buffet time to write , although photos to its memory court. So how do you handle this problem? Firstly, you look at your scene and you decide what interval you need to shoot to capture or the movement for fast moving subjects. You're gonna use a short interval for slow moving subject, you're gonna use a begin to fall the most common interval, which I use this far. Seconds. I can honestly say I use that about 80% of the time. Once you've decided on what interview you're gonna use, you need to leave enough time for the camera to write or the farms to memory. So if you're using a very short interval, keep that in mind. Using a long interval, it doesn't really matter. Once you've decided on your interval and how much time we gotta leave for your camera to buffer. Then you start working backwards on your exposure until you can expose your photo greatly. This is something that is only kind of come natural to you with strong and errors. So the more you shoot, the more you learn. They are actually knows to follow here. But just to keep in mind everything that you know about emotion out of emotion, you don't want to create smooth motion and following those who should be successful 5. Let's shoot!: Okay, so now you've got your shutter speed of coated on 1/60 seconds. I've got my If, stop on a four and I've got my eyes. So in 100 I've got a three stop indeed. 40 in the front, and we are ready to start the interval. 6. Process & Render: so we begged from a shit I've got my Merrick Art will pop that into the computer and we were imported photos. Tonight we will be switching between my Truman and time. That's to process photos in the end, like will export fighters and time that surrender the video. Now I want to urge you to go onto the time lapse website and look at all the tutorials to use itself. Okay, let's start. Okay. We are opening up and opening up our time lapse and then we will copy the firms from the memory card. Just make for a while, right? Self graded a few key words and no, let's go. Hit was the import. Okay, so now we've got all our photos important. 391 of them you can see to its end It got quite dog but we will fix it just now. So good Tiu, no time lapse Now search for your file on their this after I refreshed and now it loads als the following promotion and you can see this blue line is your explosion line. So it goes from a balanced exposure and they need quick gets darker dog on Doc Let's generate our key frames that I want birds. I was jana right? A little bit more key from sin. What I think I will need, just to be sure, because one thing white balance can be really tricky with changing exposures on they'd save . And then we were just going to go back to light room control command or to select him or then right click and read meter daughter from folks. You'll see what it's reading. We can go and photo to our key frames. And while it's reading that made her daughter the key frames will keep on adding So I'm just going to go a hit and start with the 1st 1 Okay, so there's our fota used to grow Maria's will balance. Everything looks fine. And I'm just gonna go ahead and processes photo way. - Okay , so, no, I process my first photo and God sink those key frames. Next ones, I'm just gonna go ahead and juice a few years, sink them, and I can already see that the what balance is getting, why pigeon toed to it's a middle. So we're going to start changing the white bread and sit down and see what 20 does that looks beta on? The next one needs doing 15 too much. It's making 18. That's later. I think I'm just gonna bring in some wolf and then I'm going to start and bring the exposure back up a bit. Just make sure when you do that that you don't get bright exposure than the previous one. Because you are going into the sunset. That looks oil, right? So I'm just gonna sink, synchronize the next few once and again the exposure that up a bit. See, that looks good. Synchronizing next one. Now we're gonna bring the exposure. It's my kid. 15 when 15 other. I think we can push it a bit more. Let's see, Previous one. It looks good. Well, you can see that there's saturation. Now that the sun is setting, saturation is leaning also. So I'm gonna push that up a bit, just like that. Okay, Synchronize. It's my country. So now that you've done all your synchronization, let's go back to grip Mert selectable and save them Control safe. Now back to you in a time lapse and we're gonna reload them so you can see here are exposure changes that minute on. There is almost a key frame sets already brought in, and now we're going to do or to transition. That is going to smooth out that exposure and everything else. Situation. Whatever we changes, it's going to smooth out. And that's it to the's. No flicker. And we are going to save, like, to light room. No, we gonna get the full sequence and control. Right? Take. Read me, Toto. And once it's done, we are going to export it. We owe. So we've come to the end of this clothes on. I want to thank you for following along and I hope you enjoyed it. Please upload your time lapses in the project section and ask any questions an hour trying on so they thank you.