I shot my very fist Time Lapse sequence (its not a video till its processed right?) about a month ago. It was, in some respects, way easier than I was expecting. Having said that the results are not as good as I was hoping for and I learnt some valuable lessons.

First off let me start with what equipment I shot the sequence with:

  • Canon 550d
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS
  • Meike Battery Grip with built in Intervalometer
  • Slik Tripod
  • Mitsubishi Pajero

All pretty basic stuff….except for the inclusion of the Pajero right?  Well the reason I included my truck is that I actually set up the camera and tripod inside it. It was a cold and windy day and I thought I would be a good idea.  It wasnt!  The Slik tripod is pretty sturdy but the wind was very strong and was actually pushing the truck around. I had to use the stabilization effect in Premiere to take the shake out of the video. I would have been better off setting the tripod up outside and using the Pajero as a wind shelter.

The setup inside my Pajero 4x4

The setup inside my Pajero 4×4

The Meike Grip is a steal at around $50 and, although not the simplest thing to program, worked perfectly for the several thousand images I shot.

Another lesson I learnt is to not listen to the videos on youtube that say you don’t need to shoot time lapse images in raw. You don’t need to but in my opinion you should.  Why?  Well this video would have been much more dramatic if I could have recovered some of the darker areas. It would have been super easy to batch process the whole lot in Camera Raw or Lightroom.

Now down to the editing process and the reason that it took me over a month to do anything with the images. I was scared of the editing process.  lol. Then I found this awesome video that explained it very simply and I just followed it step by step. The whole editing process, including the work done in Premiere, took about 3-4 hours. But that includes rendering and up loading etc.  Not to bad for a first attempt I think.

I cant wait to get out and shoot another. Ive learnt a lot from this one and I’m sure my next Time Lapse will be easier and better.

The music in the video is from a friend, Thomas aka: Mongo Skato