I live in the Southwest, where we have CLOUDS like you can’t believe. When I see a blue sky, I tend to be bored, but when I see a cloudy day, then I’m likely to be outside making images, still photos or time lapse film sequences.
Follow these steps to create your Time Lapse Sequence.
- Compose an interesting photo. Make sure it would look good as a single image.
- Decide what aperture and shutter speed will work for a terrific single image.
- Watch the clouds (enjoy the show) to see how fast they’re traveling across the sky
- Determine what “intervals” will work to show movement without being too choppy; sometimes 5 seconds apart, sometimes 30 seconds apart.
- Either use your built in intervalometer, or your cable release.
- When I get “fidgety”, I take some images with my iPhone so I’m not bored (obsessive, compulsive type).
Here’s my latest time lapse sequence, a series of still images made in Zion National Park.
- 410 photos, Tiffs, shot at 7 second intervals, f 16 @ 125. I shoot Tiffs in order to use the final images for my blogs, for prints, for books, etc.
- I edit the images in Lightroom, then export jpegs for import to iMovie, I set the sequence at .02 seconds, add music, and text.
- Then I export (share) to YouTube.
Feel free to watch the video here, or link directly to my YouTube Channel