Time Lapse

Time lapse photography squeezes time. It can squeeze something that happens in ten minutes or ten days down to a short ten second video. In real life time lapse video is used to quickly indicate the passage of time from one scene to another. It is usually not something that  stands along as a video.


The exceptions are videos that speed up things like the blooming of a flower or the passage of the stars across the sky at night.

Some of these can be totally beautiful. They allow us to see something happen that our eyes cannot capture.

Time lapse videos are made up of many individual frames photographed often with simple cameras or camera phones. A few easy controls are necessary, but almost all cameras and camera phones have these control.

These individual frames are put together to make a video. Some cameras or phones can do this in camera.The video below shows how to do this with an iPhone.
    Here's a How-to video for using an iPhone to do time lapse.
Step by step with video clips that help.

Or use the short video to get started with you iPhone. (Other phones may have similar features. )

You can also go to YouTube and search for a tutorial for your phone.

But time lapse done in the camera are limited. To be really creative you will need learn how to do this yourself using a video editor. Windows 7 has a video editor called Movie Maker. Or you can use the Kizoa.com editor.

There is another way of squeezing time. You can do it with a long exposure. A long exposure squeezes an exposure that might be a second or two or an exposure of 30 minutes into a single frame. One example of a long exposure is photography of the stars. Another is a photo of traffic light trails.

See this website for tips and ideas   Long Exposures

Here's a video with ideas for making blurred images



Lomg exposure

This video captures the city in time lapse video. See how much more impressive it is than a single photo.


This Project asks that you explore the process of making time lqapse videos using both individual photos and video clips. Choose an interesting activity. It could be something as simple as peeling a potato or painting a picture. Photograph part of it using the burst mode on your camera. You will probably need to take 30  to 60 pictures to be sure you have enough to choose a selection for the video.

Then video part of the activity taking several video clips. 

Put the video clips and the individual pictures together in a combined video and time lapse photo video of at least 30 seconds. Send it to me at dcamp@ncslacey.org

Finally, take two entirely different long exposure pictures and upload them to Flickr.


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