How to Photograph Time Lapse Sequences

Sunrise along the Hermosa Cliffs, Durango
A Fall Sequence.
October 12, 2013
Nikon D300, Nikon 16-35mm lens

Milky Way Time Lapse Video Sequence
October 2, 2013
Nikon D300, Nikon 16-35mm lens
ISO 2000, f4@10 seconds
Interval timer set for one minute apart.

Haviland Lake Time Lapse
September 21, 2013
Nikon D5100, Nikon 16-85mm lens

My first HD video, as series of images from Ice Lakes Basin, San Juan National Forest

The Waterfalls are running in the mountains of Colorado.  I went out for a day of waterfall photography and created a few images I like as well as this short video.  Enjoy

Here’s my favorite time lapse video.  I took these images from my motel room near Capitol Reef National Park in January 2012.

Workflow: Time Lapse Photography

  1. Choose a subject that will move to make your final time lapse interesting to the viewer
  2. Set your tripod up and refine your composition
  3. Explore the proper exposure for the images
  4. Set up your interval timer or intervalometer for about 15 second intervals (I usually make about 300 exposures with my Nikon D300
  5. Shut off all auto settings on your camera
  6. Import the images to Lightroom and edit
  7. Export images to iMovie
  8. Set the time for each image (about .2 seconds each)
  9. Search for royalty free music
  10. Add the music and photos to your iMovie timeline
  11. Add and intro and exit slide if you like
  12. Avoid dissolves and transitions.
  13. Export/share from iMovie.

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