Learning to Shoot Timelapses Week 1


So I decided to start a weekly video blog. I wanted to learn how to shoot timelapses, mainly because, they look cool and… well, I really don’t need another reason. So I figured, that the best way to learn, would be by doing a whole lot of timelapses. So I’ve decided to do just that.

I’m pretty much starting from scratch, I haven’t done too many timelapses, and even though I’ve attempted it before, just recently I’ve watch some really amazing timelapses, and that’s what’s encouraged me to try to shoot something at least remotely close to that.

One of the things I noticed about the timelapses I’ve seen, is that it requires a lot of patience. I’ve seen some shots that only last a few seconds, but after looking at them closely, it’s obvious that it took at least a few hours to get that shot, and some of my favorite ones, the shooter was at a location that, well, let’s just say couldn’t have been the most comfortable place to sit at for hours.

I think in the past I haven’t shown too much patience for shooting, which is another reason I really wanted to do this project. I believe patience is a good quality to have when you’re into photography or video work, and for that reason I feel I need to work on that, and this will be my attempt at improving in that area.

My plan is literally to shoot as many timelapses as I can thru-out the week, and then do a quick little edit and post it, so I can see my progress or if there IS any progress at all as I shoot more and more using this technique.

Due to my current work situation, I don’t have much time in my schedule, so this will definitely be a challenging project to take on, but I feel like the only thing I can do is try, especially because this is one of those things I’ve wanted to do for a really long time.

Anyway, that’s the project at hand, these are the timelapses from my first week, I was working on a quick shoot with Lan Bui and Greg Aronowitz, it was a project produced by America Young a new friend I officially met this week, and she is really cool people.

Hopefully I’ll get to see some of the footage we shot that day, and I can share it with you guys.

Some of the other shots on this video were captured at a park near my house where I usually bike ride my way to the lake. These aren’t the best timelapses I know, but what you can expect, it’s only my first week.

Stay tuned for more timelapses coming next week. Hopefully they’ll start to improve little by little, and as they get better, I’ll start to share my settings and the equipment I’m using to shoot these.