I see all these people posting hella cute selfies and I just think to myself
Look at you, you’re so cute! Good for you, cutie, way to embrace your cuteness *imaginary fist bump*
I just heard my brother stumble up the stairs rather loudly (at 4am) and then quietly whisper to himself “I am drunk and I don’t give a fuck”
What a difference half an hour makes…
Q:Hey, could you explain how you did your Moonrise over the Atlantic? It's amazing
To create a time lapse like this, you need a camera, tripod, and remote/cable shutter release.
There are two parts to making a time lapse. First is the set up for capturing the images for the time lapse:
- Set up shot on tripod by taking pictures to confirm the composition and focus.
- To properly expose the image, put the camera in manual mode and set your shutter speed to 30 seconds with the lowest aperture your lens supports. Adjust the ISO until the image is properly exposed. (in my case it was ISO 500)
- Once the image is properly exposed, set the file format to JPEG at a resolution no larger than 4000 pixels wide (in my case it was 8mp 3456x2304)
- Finally, set your cameras “drive setting” to continuous shooting mode.
- Now that your camera is all set up and ready, simple press and lock the shutter release so your camera will keep taking pictures one after another.
Second is the post process. There are two ways to do this, and that depends on what your desired final product is and what software tools you have available.
This is my method for creating a time lapse video:
- Import all of your images to a folder on your computer (obviously)
- Open whatever video editing app you have (i.e. iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, etc)
- In the settings/preferences of the program, find the option for the duration of time for a picture when it’s put in the timeline (for example, a default might be set so if you put a picture in the timeline it shows for 5 seconds before going to the next clip)
- Once you’ve found that option, set the duration of the picture to between 0.06 and 0.08 seconds (or) 1 frame. Ideally this will allow each image to be 1 frame of the video and thus for each 30 images you place in the timeline you’ll end up with 1 second of time lapse video.
- After you’ve finished modifying the setting, go back to your time line and drop the pictures onto it. Hopefully it should work fine and you can export that as a video file.
- Ta da! You have a time lapse video. Repeat the process for additional time lapse clips you want to make.
This is my method for creating a time lapse GIF:
Note: This method is for Photoshop and may not translate perfectly to other editing programs.
- Follow the steps above to create a time lapse video file.
- In Photoshop, open the menu “Video Frames To Layers” (File>Import>Video Frames To Layers)
- A dialog box will pop up asking you to select your video file. Find your file and proceed to the second dialog box which will look like this:
- Select the option “Limit to every 2 frames” and click OK
- Once Photoshop is done creating the animation, go to File>Save For Web & Devices…
- In the menu, reduce the size of the image (pixel wise) until the preview says that it will be below 2mb.
- Tada, now you have a time lapse gif!
If any of this didn’t make sense, I reccomend you look on youtube for video tutorials on creating time lapses and/or gifs.