What is a timelapse?
The timelapse photography is a technique where you take after each few seconds one picture. That means you can shoot for example in 1 minute just 30 pictures. If you put those pictures together you get from those 30 pictures just 1 second. The time appears faster and is thus lapsing.
The easy way to understand: You make a 10minute movie and you let it play within 8 seconds.
Apparently timelapses are made of photos, why not video?
Professional timelapses are made of photos, shooting in photos do have many advantages:
– The higher resolution (you can use all your megapixels of your camera)
– You can edit each frame better than the whole video
– At night you can have a longer shutter time, up to many seconds. If you shoot in a 15 second interval then you can have a shutter time of 10seconds or more. By that you can make a much brighter picture than with a videocamera
What for do you need a timelapse?
I make timelapses of things that the human eye is not directly capable to see: Slow movement. With a timelapse you can show slow progress of things. For example a plant that is about to bloom. The plant is definitely moving, but so slow we cannot see it. In a timelapse you can show this movement.
What can you timelapse?
Not everything of course, but mostly slow moving objects.
Good examples are:
– Clouds: Here you can see the change of form of a cloud and the movement
– Flowers: Blooming and blossoming
– Sunsets, buildings getting darker and might get lit up by some lamps.
– Cars, here you can timelapse the pattern of movement, made by traffic lights.
– Trainstation/ Busstation: People getting in and out of a train/bus
– Much much much more….
With the example of cars/trainstation/busstation you can see that you don’t necessarily need to make timelapses of slow movement, also in regular movement you can make a timelapse. With those kind of timelapses you can show the pattern in a movemnt. The example trainstation: people are waiting, standing still or moving few meters up and down or just moving their heads, a train comes and people get on and off the train. Several repititions within one hour, something that we don’t see so often.
My name is John. I come from Düsseldorf, Germany, through my study of medicine I came to Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Since many years I was interested in timelapses, the first timelapse were sunsets and sunrises. I recorded those with a camcorder which ran on DVD’s. I came very early in touch with flickering, unwanted movement of the stativ, low resolution, bad lighting. During that time I read across the internet what kind of equiqment, settings and software I need, since a shorter time I’m kind a ‘serious amateur timelapser’. All my timelapses are non-commercial based, however if you like that I do a timelapse of your event you can write me at anytime an email!
Next to timelapses, also I do also (static) photography.
I started this webpage/blog, because I noticed that people on street are interested in the timelapses that I do. I also started this webpage, because I wanted to spread my knowledge about timelapses. Not all information is on the internet available or if it is available then its poorly written. On my blog I want to everybody to chance to create his own timelapse, and to avoid that others do the same mistake like me, I also upload my failed timelapses.
Without Trial & Error there is no success !