Discover the Wonder of Time-Lapse Photography

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13661683091928251025This week over at our sister site – SnapnDeals – we have a great deal running where you can get 20% off Time-Lapse Photography: A technical and practical time-lapse tutorial guidebook for all skill levels designed to get you out the door and shooting now!

Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director and producer who captures breathtaking images that celebrate life, he is also one of the most inspirational speakers I’ve ever listened to. His work is largely responsible for starting my time-lapse journey many years back and I just have to share this with you.

TED Gratitude Presentation by Louie Schwartzberg from ecodads on Vimeo.

“Beauty and seduction are nature’s tools for survival because we protect what we fall in love with. It opens our hearts and makes us feel we are part of nature and we’re not separate from it. When we see ourselves in nature it also connects us to every one of us because it’s clear that it’s all connected and one.”

We protect what we fall in love with. It’s true and so many times as photographers we are searching for that connection with our subjects, we might not realize it at the time or be actively searching for it but those shots that really strike us are more than just the ones that have really good composition or that we nailed the perfect exposure.

Time-lapse is a strange thing and Louie hits it straight on: It can free you from the normal flow of your routine and all the busyness of life, yet at the same time it can cement a connection between you and your surroundings more than anything else. It is an awareness we seldom experience.

Here is another photographer and inspiration I’d like to introduce you to: Ole’s Salomonsen and his third short film about the northern lights. His work is truly amazing.

POLAR SPIRITS from Ole C. Salomonsen on Vimeo.

He described his main focus as one of getting the auroras to show as close as possible to real-time speed given the time available in a short video. He works to show us the slower majestic dancing lights, as well as the more faster, dramatic and abstract shows, and finally the auroras in combination with city lights and urban elements. You can connect with Ole and learn more about his work via Facebook here.

The video is shot using Canon DSLR’s and the Stage One and Stage Zero time-lapse dolly systems by Dynamic Perception.

Time-lapse has a way of slowing the world for the photographer while at the same time accelerating it for everyone else. I personally shoot time-lapse because it alters the way I think, it challenges my view of the world and teaches me things that I hope to bring back and share with everybody else.

The entrepreneurial aspect of the art is extremely exciting. So many photographers and filmmakers, having looked around and not found what they need to achieve the time altered shots they envision, have gone ahead and built the tools themselves – often creating new companies or open source communities in the process.

The level of innovation, especially over the last few years, is incredible. Not only are we quickly fixing problems that have plagued photographers for years, but advanced camera controls, processing tools, and motion control devices that used to be cost prohibitive are now becoming affordable for the most basic hobbyist.

This is the change and energy that gets me so fired up. This is why I’m so excited to share this with you. I am a hobbyist a shooter, a teacher… and I certainly don’t proclaim to have all the answers but I do have some and I can share with you the time-lapse learning path I took. The one thing I know for sure is that the more people that become involved with time-lapse the bigger the ideas, the better the innovations and the more amazing the stories we can tell.

If you are interested in learning more about Time-lapse the book Time-lapse Photography: A complete introduction to shooting, processing and rendering time-lapse movies is currently 20% at SnapnDeals.

It’s a technical and practical time-lapse tutorial guidebook for all skill levels designed to get you out the door and shooting now!

The six most important topics you’ll learn inside:

  • Time-lapse gear from basic to advanced: cameras, tripods, intervalometers / remote timers, ND filters, lenses, and time-lapse motion control devices (motorized sliders, panning, tilting)
  • Balancing time-lapse image settings, how to fit all those pictures on your memory card and the important considerations regarding aspect ratio and HD quality
  • How to shoot time-lapse: composition, exposure, dragging your shutter and selecting the right time-lapse interval to get the look you want
  • Time-lapse flicker: What the heck is it, how to prevent it, and if it does occur how to correct it
  • Creating the time-lapse movie: Everything you need to know about time-lapse video software, easy to follow workflows and walkthrough of free and not so free rendering applications, codecs and frame rates, output settings, adding music and effects and where to upload and share
  • Test your time-lapse skills! Intro challenges covering astrophotography time-lapse (Astrolapse), flicker free day to night transitions (the time-lapse Holy Grail), HDR timelapses and time-lapse motion control devices

Take a look at a 30 page or so excerpt:
BOOK PREVIEW FROM SCRIBBED TO EMBED

Time-Lapse Photography eBook by Ryan Chylinski 25 Page Preview by Ryan Chylinski

More reviews and chapter excerpts can be found on the main book information page here.

“Time Lapse book : 4 thumbs up! I’ve been in photography since I’m 15 (so that’s almost 30 years .. gosh !!), and I’ve tried many things.. but your book gave me that kick I love so much in photography, there are new exiting things I can try and do, and you just made me not only discover it, but also WANT to do it… really badly :)” – Eric

You had me at “It’s 2:20 in the morning”! – Kennith

“I loved the book. I found it very informative, thank you for putting in so much effort. It’s really helped me and I’ve been shooting away constantly.” -Robert

“Just what I was looking for to get started with time-lapse photography. The book provides easy to follow steps for setting up, taking and then processing time-lapse photos. There’s also a nice comparison of various pieces of equipment and software along with recommendations and tips that I found very helpful.” K. Mahon

Get your copy of a Time-Lapse Photography: A technical and practical time-lapse tutorial guidebook for all skill levels designed to get you out the door and shooting now now at 20% off!

Ryan Chylinski is an American photographer, entrepreneur, and outdoors enthusiast from the flagship city of Erie Pennsylvania. Founder of LearnTimelapse.com, a community powered time-lapse education and experimentation hub, Ryan’s philosophy centers on teaching, sharing and a continual drive to never stop learning.

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Some Older Comments

  • Greg May 4, 2013 12:33 pm

    Some great time-lapse clips:
    http://shutterexperiments.com/category/time-lapse-photography/
    Enjoy!

  • Sabina April 27, 2013 05:37 am

    Here are my two time lapses:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6Z__JwtrBo
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT6n_2BWh-4

  • Thomas Jergel April 27, 2013 01:15 am

    Thanks for this fantastic article and the great deal on the book Time-lapse Photography. :)

    I think it will help people tremendously, it seems very thorough. :)
    I've actually done two videos earlier, one combining video and timelapse and the other one is purely a timelapse film.

    I can provide a short tip, which I learned when shooting, for you on how to most effectively get rid of flickering if the camera is set to the full MANUAL mode:
    It's called the

    If anyone is interested in seeing the short film, which is titled "Time Recovered", seeing a few behind the scenes photos and reading info on the equipment used; here you go:

  • Jeff E Jensen April 26, 2013 01:14 pm

    Looks like a great book. I just might have to pick it up.

    Here's a recent time lapse project of mine:

    http://jeffejensen.blogspot.com/2012/12/locomotive-springs.html

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