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Tip #171: 7 Tips To Better Timelapse Shots
The best timelapse requires practice and planning.
This tip first appeared in Digital Photography School.
Timelapse photography is a great way to capture motion, plus, it’s eye-catching! Here are seven tips that can help improve your next shoot.
- Don’t use auto settings. To avoid constant changes in your images or exposure, set your camera to Manual mode.
- Focus manually. Auto-focus will have the lens chasing whatever moves. Worse, auto-focus eats batteries.
- Shoot in lower resolution so you don’t fill storage too quickly. Videos don’t demand 24 megapixel images.
- Anticipate the changes in the landscape and compose accordingly.
- Don’t press the shutter with your finger. While an intervalometer is indispensable, if you don’t have one, use a remote shutter release to fire shots manually at the specified time interval.
- Music is as important to the final video as the images themselves.
- Practice shooting a simple timelapse, say in your backyard, before committing the time and gear to the real thing. Problems are easier to fix when all the gear is local.