A Beginner's Resource for Altered Time Perception Cinematography

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At Assateague Island National Seashore

Assateague Island National Seashore

Its been said that photography takes an instant out of time and holds life still.

I’ll reason that time-lapse photography collects those instants and sets life in motion in a whole new way, removing the constraints of subtlety or patience.

We are in a constant state of flux. Now let’s go out and capture it.

This site is dedicated to learning and experimenting with time-lapse cinematography.

I’ll add experimenter to the list because as you gain considerable knowledge and experience you will realize just how much more there is to learn and try. But then again that is what it’s all about, this is where the fun is: experimenting with new techniques, sharing the images, and then heading back out to capture the next scene and tryout the next idea.

When you begin a time-lapse and that first shutter clicks open and closed you find yourself with 10, 30, or 120 minutes with nothing to do, and that’s a beautiful thing.  A sense of freedom and peace that we seldom experience in our busy lives.  A heightened sense of awareness and connection to the world around us.

Canon 7D on Dynamic Perception Time-lapse Dolly

Here is my Canon 7D on the Dynamic Perception time-lapse dolly in Gettysburg Pennsylvania

If you are like me you probably stumbled upon an incredible work of time-lapse and just couldn’t get the images and feelings out of your head.  Possibly you are fascinated by nature and the slow changes that occur over a period of time.   A flower blooming, a sunset or a moonrise.  Maybe it was a construction project or a cityscape at night, full of activity and production.

If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If you’re not out there, you’ll only hear about it.” – Jay Maisel

Either way it was the capture of change in a way that we don’t normally see that makes time-lapse what it is.

(Here is an old HDR time-lapse test of my wife and I working in the garden using a motion control dolly)

Time-lapse as a science and art (yes, I think it’s both) is constantly evolving.  Creating awesome jaw dropping works of time-lapse motion and beauty is becoming less and less dependent on expensive gear and software out of reach for most. It is my goal to share and help navigate this exciting landscape.

“ Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.” – Imogen Cunningham

(I was inspired after learning that our town hall was built without the use of one cent of public or private debt, something that is nearly unheard-of in government)

The few and the proud.
We have come a long way since Occident’s hooves left the ground but time-lapse still requires patience, dedication, and some special tools and knowhow beyond a camera, and that’s what this is all about.

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Learn Time-lapse From Shooting to Processing: Get the First Chapter Free

Free 36 page chapter download! Learn time-lapse with easy to understand examples, workflows, walkthroughs and diagrams covering basic and advanced topics. Start shooting today!

...or download the full 146 page eBook here.

There are 6 chapters and here's what's covered in Chapter 1:

  • Time-lapse gear from basic to advanced:
  • Cameras, tripods, intervalometers
  • ND filters, lenses, accessories
  • Time-lapse motion control devices (motorized sliders, panning, tilting)

Learn Time-lapse From Shooting to Processing: Get the First Chapter Free

Free 36 page chapter download! Learn time-lapse with easy to understand examples, workflows, walkthroughs and diagrams covering basic and advanced topics. Start shooting today!

...or download the full 146 page eBook here.

There are 6 chapters and here's what's covered in Chapter 1:

  • Time-lapse gear from basic to advanced:
  • Cameras, tripods, intervalometers
  • ND filters, lenses, accessories
  • Time-lapse motion control devices (motorized sliders, panning, tilting)