A Few Things to Consider When Shooting a Timelapse

February 20, 2013

By Preston Kanak

Shooting a timelapse is not a science. However, there are a few things you can do to improve your chances.


One of the challenges you need to overcome when shooting is determining the ideal setting for your camera. In this post, I will walk you through a few of the settings you will need to consider. I will also be asking a few questions that will help guide you towards the perfect settings for your given scenario. I will be covering the following:

  • Story
  • Gear Prep
  • Camera Settings
  • Shooting Modes
  • RAW vs JPEG
  • Interval
  • Post Processing

I have broken down the post into pre-production, production and post-production. Pre-production will break down how I approach shooting a timelapse as well as how I prepare before going out to shoot. Production covers the different settings and intervals and post-production gives you a brief breakdown of my workflow.


Click here for so much more on this interesting article via Phillip Blooms website.


For processing JPEG timelapses, check out a previous post from Philip: Tutorial on how to turn your DSLRs stills timelapse into video.

For processing RAW timelapses, Tom Baurain put together a great tutorial on his process: RAW workflow for timelapse.

Want to find out more on shooting a time-lapse? Make sure to check out Prestonkanak.com.



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