Steps for Time Lapse Photography

Time lapse photography is a very interesting and innovative photo technique showing a sequence of continuity shots of a subject with time intervals. Resulting set of photographs include a series of shots depicting a movement over time. Certain photographs are collected in order, with equal amounts of time lapse, for a final sequence which are grouped together one after the other even though a considerable amount of time had been lapsed between each. This group will look great printed on canvas for any feature wall.


From portrait shots to action photography there are numerous options for time lapse photography. A child can be captures throughout various stages in his or her life by a portrait shot taken each every few years in the exact same setting. It would be very interesting and funny for a family to take a shot in the exact same pose as a picture taken around 20 years ago, when grouped with the old picture this new shot would make a great photo gift for a loving parent.

Nature can be captures by photographing a large tree in different seasons or a plant maturing from bud to adulthood to death.

A race car driver or a bicyclist stunt or even a child cart wheeling or swimming pool dive will make great subjects for a group of time lapse photographs.

  • Planning a Time Lapse

A time lapse shoot requires careful planning from choosing the subject to type of motion you want. If the time lapse is strong the subject must be something you can concentrate on, moreover the transition must be interesting.

Motions can be smooth, fast, gradual or instant. For a smooth motion frequent frames and low shutter speed will do the trick, it’s better to take a bunch of practice shots before the actual one to see what works best. For a fast motion such as a bike stunt, quick continuous shots will have to be taken by adjusting settings and light to minimise blur.

  • Consistency for Time Lapse

A time lapse shot of course requires the same background but more importantly camera settings need to be kept the same at all times. The camera must be set on manual and then ISO, white balance, exposure etc. must be recorded to keep it constant during the entire range of shots.

Using a tripod is a great way to keep height and location consistent. The area where its placed can be marked as well as the height and angle can be noted down.

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