Have you ever seen a day’s worth of freeway traffic race by in the blink of an eye, or a rose burst into full bloom in less than a minute? With time-lapse photography, you can compress an entire day into a short video clip.
As you should know, any video clip consists of a series of frames. Most commonly, a video sequence is 30 frames per second (fps), captured in real-time. This series of still frames, when run in sequence, gives the illusion of motion. However, what would happen if we were to capture one frame every 30 seconds over a longer period of time, and then play it back at a normal frame rate of 30fps? Compressing time in this way gives us a time-lapse sequence.
Choosing a Subject
Shooting a Time-Lapse Sequence
Editing Your Photos With Photoshop Actions
Assembling Your Images Into a Sequence
Jennifer Albright is a freelance storyboard artist and videographer.