French American director and photographer Vincent Laforet has offered up his Basics of Time Lapse Photography video series complete with three videos, which give short tutorials on the basics of how to best execute time-lapse photography. Over the years this form of photography has exploded in popularity and has become an easy way for still photographers to transition into capturing motion with their still cameras.
In these videos Laforet gives a few essential tips on how to effectively capture time-lapse photography while walking you through shoots from regions such as Bryce Canyon, Utah and the Las Vegas strip. Some of the techniques he explains in the series include choosing what to shoot, setting up your camera, what lenses to use and the reasons for all these particular choices. He also will point out mistakes to avoid during the process. He explains how time-lapse photography represents the passage of time, so it’s important to be mindful of how things are moving and changing over an extended period of time before choosing your subject of interest.
One subject that is ideal for those who are just starting out in time-lapse photography is clouds, since they are constantly changing shape and are easy to capture in different frames to complete a streaming sequence of images. One of the most crucial pieces of advice Laforet gives is to make sure you capture enough frames in order for your finished product to be cohesive. He recommends shooting a minimum of 24 frames per second, which is the video standard. However, sometimes it’s beneficial to shoot over the minimum to capture special moments within a time-lapse, although the downside to shooting to many frames is that you may run out of disk space on your camera.
At the end of every video he runs through a quick recap of all the fundamental techniques he introduces throughout each video. Below are the individual episodes, which are all viewable on the CanonNorthAmerica YouTube page:
Episode 1: An Introduction
Episode 2: Setting Up Your Camera
Episode 3: Creative Choices For Time Lapse