Timelapse photography strategies and how to defeat popular troubles

Jeremy Gray

posted Friday, August 19, 2022 at 3:00 PM EDT



Professional photographer and Panasonic Lumix World-wide Ambassador Shiv Verma sent a presentation at B&H Optic about timelapse pictures and Verma’s tactics for capturing timelapse images that visually showcases the passage of time. The presentation also discusses widespread errors photographers make when doing timelapse pictures, thoughts for topics, composition procedures and camera products.

At its main, timelapse images enables you to produce a movie that showcases long-expression gatherings around a rather limited time period. For case in point, if you capture 1,000 photographs at a 5-second interval, you can expect to seize shots for 83 minutes. If you develop a online video at 30 frames for each next, this 83-as well as minutes of recording will be condensed to about 50 percent a moment. More than that span, you could capture photos of a sunset from start out to end. By the way, a day-to-night or evening-to-working day timelapse is called a “Holy Grail timelapse.”

To create a great timelapse movie, you have to have an understanding of your camera tools, exposure and standard photographic procedures. You ought to also be proficient with enhancing and post-processing. As Verma claims, timelapse images necessitates a great deal of persistence and commitment.


Even though Verma is a Lumix Ambassador, he is brief to stage out that you can use just about any camera you want, as extended as it has intervalometer capabilities – meaning it is capable of body-by-body seize. Numerous cameras contain constructed-in time-lapse tools to aid you. You want to use a excellent lens, but it would not have to have to have autofocus or stabilization. In fact, you will be utilizing handbook options, which includes target. Just like with many other genres of images, owning neutral density and round polarizing filters is a superior thought, in particular ND filters, for the reason that shutter pace command is critical.

A secure tripod is significant because you may be capturing numerous illustrations or photos from a solitary viewpoint. You do not want your digital camera to shake or move all through your timelapse sequence. When you may possibly want to include some form of camera slider for panning timelapse photographs, the major position is that you ought to command digital camera motion. You may also have to have to take into consideration exterior ability sources if you happen to be performing a prolonged-period timelapse.

In Verma’s presentation earlier mentioned, he covers additional matters like light-weight, publicity length, the math you should do for timelapse pictures, framing and the value of arranging. He also discusses the Holy Grail timelapse approach and animation/movement handle.

To see additional from Shiv Verma, go to his web site and follow him on Instagram. You can see extra films from B&H by clicking here.

(By way of B&H