Basic Time Lapse Overview

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Still photographers can create the illusion of motion through the use of time-lapse photography, taking advantage of rapidly changing scenes to join a multitude of photos. In this video, you’ll learn tips and techniques on how best to capture motion. Photographer Layne Kennedy chose the Minnesota Twins’ home opener to get his shots, all 600 or so of them, as he shot one frame every five seconds for 30 minutes outside Target Field, photographing the crowd passing by the Kirby Puckett statue. Layne explains how he converted the shots to low-resolution images and used software to put them together for a QuickTime movie.

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2 Responses to “Basic Time Lapse Overview”
  1. jeffreyw1

    So, what length did Layne have his camera placed behind the statue when he took the time lapse photos and was the camera on a tripod? Thanks.

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    • Customer Service

      Greetings,

      Classic time lapse almost always involves the camera being on a tripod.
      It is that stability and registration that creates the magic of the scene seeming to stay the same and yet changing with the
      light or the moving elements within.

      The frequency of the shutter actuations and the amount of movement if the camera is on some sort of slider is typically
      something that needs to be worked out per set-up and location. A lot of the fun of shooting time lapse is doing some
      experimentation and trial and error. As you work this new type of shooting I recommend keeping good notes and giving it some
      time for variations and testing as you learn the in’s and outs.

      Happy Shooting!

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