Shooting Time Lapse Imagery

Shooting time lapse photography is dependent on being able to take images at regular intervals. Nikon cameras have an internal interval shooting option in the menu that allows for images to be taken at intervals chosen by the operator, whether that is seconds, minutes or hours (external equipment is also available for other brands.) There is also an option to select the amount of images taken and whether to have more than one each time.

The most important part of time lapse photography, much like any other kind, is getting the exposure and framing exactly as wanted. Once that is achieved, the camera can do most of the work itself. It is vital to have the camera on manual mode however, as if a changing landscape is the subject, the camera will automatically try to compensate for any changes in light. This will cause the time lapse to become uneven and won’t capture a change.

My own experiments were quite successful, taking images at the coast, at St. Mary’s Lighthouse. I took the images from the very edge of the mainland, out over the covered causeway. I kept some of the causeway in the images as the waves were constantly breaking over the edge. I split the photographs in half with the horizon, separating the image with the horizon and the break in colour between the sky and the sea. The clouds are particularly interesting in these photographs because they also seem to split the image horizontally. The causeway becomes more important in the frame because of this because it and the lighthouse add different direction to the photos.



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