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Shooting time-lapse footage: Tips and tricks

Updated: Dec 5, 2022

In order to film time-lapse footage, you'll need a camera that can take pictures at a set interval. This can be done with most digital cameras and DSLRs, but it's important to note that the interval must be consistent throughout the entire filming process. If you're using a DSLR, make sure to use the manual mode to set the interval.

When filming time-lapse footage, always keep an eye on your battery level and make sure you have a spare charged up that is ready to go. Time-lapse filming can take anywhere from a few hours to days, so it's important to stay prepared.

It's also important to choose the right location for your shoot. Make sure that you have plenty of space and that there is no direct sunlight shining on your subject.


A reference guide from on the lengths of time to set your camera at.


Light Fact: Dr. John Ott's work with time-lapse photography and plant growth led him to believe that exposure to different wavelengths of light could affect animal and human behavior. Ott expounded on these theories in his 1973 book, Health and Light.

In conclusion, time-lapse photography is a great way to capture a scene that changes over time. Many photographers and Cinematographers will share a live stream of the set up. It can be used to show the passage of time, a process, or a change in the environment. There are a few things to keep in mind when shooting time-lapse footage, but with a little practice, you can create some amazing videos. So get out there, catch that light and start shooting.

With ease and flow,


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