If you’re a kinesthetic learner like me, you’ll skip the reading and go straight to YouTube to learn anything you need to know. YouTube really is the place learn almost anything.
I thought about doing my own tutorial on how to make a time-lapse, but that’s too involved and others have covered it all anyway. Instead, I wish to share some of my favorite tutorials and bookmarks that I’ve accumulated. The trick however is to decipher who is worth listening to, and so I’ve aimed to do that for you.
All you need to know on how to make an award winning time-lapse is out there already. There’s a plethora of tutorials on how to make a time-lapse with very little gear through to adding special effects in post production.
In my opinion, there is no one way that’s correct for processing. It’s whatever works for you. There’s more than one way to skin a cat and various knives to do it, but it’s the end result (your production) that counts. Be advised, my blog is not so much about composition and framing your shot. It’s more about workflow and picking up on the essentials, or applying some techniques you need. Workflow is something that is unique to you and comes down to what you’re using, i.e. camera, intervalometer, computer, software and more. These tutorials give you the foundations and skills which many of them have in common. It’s great that people are willing to share their knowledge and many of them give it FOR FREE!
- Processing your first Timelapse PT1 – Drew Geraci
- Creating Dynamic Pans in your Timelapse – Drew Geraci
- The Basics of Time Lapse Photography Episode 1, Episode 2 and Episode 3 – Vincent Laforet
- Timelapse photography tips from start to end – Gavin Hoey
- How to Shoot a Great Timelapse Video – Pond5
Ramping and day to night (referred to as the Holy Grail of time-lapse)
- How to Shoot a Ramping Sunset Motion Time-lapse – Morten Rustad
- Complete Holy Grail timelapse tutorial with LRTimelapse – Matthew Vandeputte
- Cheap ‘n easy Day to Night (Holy Grail) timelapse tutorial – Matthew Vandeputte
- 3 Holy Grail (day to night) timelapse tips – Emeric’s Timelapse
With gimbals, this process is rather easy. But without, you can doa timelapse this way but it does involve a lot of time and a computer and software to stablise your footage. The results are really are great if you put in the effort.
- Hyperlapse Tutorial – How-to from start to finish – Morten Rustad
- How To Shoot a Great Hyperlapse Video With Any Camera – Pond5
- How to do Hyperlapse Photography – DigitalRev TV
- How to HyperZoom Tutorial (seamless zooming transition – Filippo Rivetti
It’s true that more time is spent behind the screen making a time-lapse. In some cases it can be days or even months.
- How To Edit A Timelapse Using Lightroom After Effects or Premiere – Michael Shainblum
- How I Edit Out Planes and Create Star Trail Time Lapses – Milky Way Mike
- After Effects Tutorial: Automatic Smooth Transitions (CS6+) – BakersTuts (a free plugin for Adobe After Effects)
- Long Exposure | Light Trails Effect Video – After Effects Tutorial – Emeric’s Timelapse
- How to do TimeSlice Timelapse Videos with Premiere Pro – Emeric’s Timelapse
- How to Smooth Out Your Timelapse Footage – Preston Kanak
- Create a Star Trails Timelapse Video – Peter Zelinka
Tips, dos and don’ts
One thing Preston Kanak (see tutorial above) and Enrique Pacheco agree on is foreground items like grass or trees that are considered distracting.
- 10 things you should not do in time-lapse – Enrique Pacheco
- 10 tips for shooting time-lapse – Enrique Pacheco
The latest Sony cameras and a handful of other cameras has almost negated the need for shooting bracketed frames and using high dynamic range software. Follow Michael Shainblum’s advice and don’t pull the shadow slider up too much as it will likely introduce flicker.
- HDR Timelapse Tutorial : Part 1 and Part 2 – Drew Geraci
- How I shoot and edit HDR timelapse photography – Dustin Farrell
- Quick Tip: How to Compile a Basic Time-lapse Using Free Software on Windows: Virtual Dub – Syrp
- How to use Deshaker – A great video and link to the Virtual Dub software and how to stabilise your footage which is comparable to the warp stabilisation in After Effects. I’ve tried it myself and it really is great. Best of all, it’s free !
- Top 3 Best FREE Video Editing Software (2018-2019) – Watch the Top 3 best free video editing software and learn what the best video editors are available out there.
- Jeffrey Friedl’s “Timelapse Support” -a free Lightroom Plugin
If you’re needing a place to look for further information, or to learn more from other experienced time-lapse photographers, then do visit the Time-lapse network. It’s a great resource and also has heaps of tutorials.
There you go ! There’s a lot more out there obviously, but I hope this proves useful as a repository for all you need to know, particularly if you’re starting out.