The Extensive Raw Time-lapse Tutorial

Welcome to The Extensive Raw Time-lapse Tutorial Series

This series was developed as a resource for film-makers. When referring to the word “extensive”, all content’s derivatives are from my personal experiences AND my ideologies as a shooter. Canon’s (not the camera) do not exist as the formula/technology is always evolving. This website’s contents are primarily here as a resource to answer ANY questions you may have when shooting.

The Extensive Raw Timelapse Tutorial is a set of videos that are being produced in hopes of aiding film-makers who are interested in learning how to shoot timelapses. If you have any comments or concerns about the series, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Time-lapse photography. We’ve all seen it and I am sure that many people have grown tired of it but for those people, they are going to have to deal with it for a whole lot longer. First and foremost, there is a time and a purpose for everything and I think everyone’s disdain for the art of time-lapse exists because of the way in which it has been exploited. As technology continues to evolve, so do the opportunities to capture things that used to be impossible – and do so in an almost immediate fashion. But really, is this a bad thing? The ability to quickly view and share your work has allowed many people to do what they love and make a good living doing it.

On this page, you will find out HOW TO SHOOT A TIME-LAPSE from start to finish. The content will be broken down as follows:

  1. Pre-Production
    1. How to Breakdown Your Story
    2. How to Prepare Shot Lists / Shot Breakdown
    3. How to Search for Locations
    4. How to Schedule
    5. How to Prep Gear
  2. Production
    1. Camera Settings/Modes: Understanding the Basic Functions of a DSLR
    2. How to Shoot a Static Time-lapse
    3. How to Shoot Motion-Controlled Time-lapses
    4. How to Shoot Day to Night Time-lapses
    5. How to Shoot Astro Time-lapses
    6. How to Shoot HDR Time-lapses
    7. How to Shoot Walking Time-lapses / Hyperlapses
  3. Post-Production
    1. How to Assemble
    2. Deflickering
    3. Blending / Compositing
    4. Codecs
    5. Stabilizing
    6. Archiving

Why do we do it? The simple answer that’s not so simple.

Finding a passion in the work you do is an essential part of living a satisfied life. Being able to take your passion and turn it into a job is what many people strive for. Now many people may be wondering, what does it take? The answer is simple. Determination, dedication, hard work, and a desire to continually push to learn and evolve.

The Journey. Half the pleasure of going out to shoot is the journey that is required to get to the location. The better location, the harder it is to access.

The Result. The first time you look at the shot and see the result, it is extremely exciting. Being able to then share this work with others is what drives many people to explore.

Now we must ask ourselves, Why is this important? Why is it that some desire an ethereal existence? Again, the answer is simple – A desire to break free from the 9 to 5 – a desire to break free from basing decisions off of our working existence.

Right. Back to the question. Why do we do it? It’s about the art, the experience, the desire to take a step back and breath, and most importantly, the desire to share.

Just step back and take a breath.

For me, what makes time-lapse photography so fascinating is that it requires patience. It is the one activity that requires you to take a step back and take in your surroundings – sometimes for only a few minutes and other times for hours.

To the facts.

It’s not the stoner outcasts. It’s not the tree hugging hippies. It’s the people who are passionate about sharing their experiences with the world, no matter the format.

Many people are drawn to the art through the process that interjects – one that allows one to analyze their environment and adapt. The slower paced shooting environment allows one to take a step back and relax – similar to the experience of shooting a still photograph before the advent of digital mediums.

Getting your feet wet.

The most important thing is to get out and shoot. Like anything, practice makes perfect. Because of the diversity of ways to approach shooting a time-lapse, this page will only focus on the basics with a few helpful tips to improve your skill set.

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A New Way to Make A Living

Life isn’t JUST about making money — even though we all strive for it. It is about loving what you do and being happy doing it. It is extremely important that you are passionate about the work you do — and the way you live your life. Once you are able to determine what you are passionate about and the type of work you want to be doing, the money inherently follows because your customers can usually see this passion. Although fairly new to film-making, there are a few things I have learned on my short — but adventurous journey. In this series, I will share what I have learned along the way.

***All opinions & perspectives shared come from my experience as a shooter and may not be the best way of doing things. I am simply sharing MY WORKFLOW when both capturing and processing RAW timelapses similar to the ones seen in the INTRODUCTORY video below***.

Subject Matter

The focus of the series is to educate. I want to give an extensive look into shooting a raw timelapse right from composition to post-production. If there is something specific that you would like to see covered, please contact us!

Target Audience

The target audience of this series will be the independent filmmaker who is open to learn. In the series, I hope to give a thorough breakdown of how to shoot Raw timelapses. There is no perfect formula to get incredible shots other than practice, practice & more practice. These shorts will simply give you a look at how I approach shooting timelapses. Comments and recommendations for future videos are encouraged.


Quick Start Guide

Shooting a timelapse is not a science. However, there are a few things you can do to improve your chances. This section of the website will continuously be updated as new content is added to the site. Keep an eye on this section as it will be the go-to section for new workflow techniques.

View Quick Start Guide

 


Pre-Production

Pre-production is by far the most important part of the process for not only time-lapse photography but filmmaking as a whole. By being prepared from the start, production and post-production will go way smoother. In this section, I will walk you through the essential gear you will need to capture your shot as well as how to prepare for your shoot before even stepping a foot out your front door. I will also walk you through how to break down your story, how to breakdown your shots/shot lists, how to schedule and finally how to scout before even seeing the location. To view episode 2 which covers story, scheduling & scouting, click here.

How to Breakdown Your Story
How to Prepare Shot Lists / Shot Breakdown
How to Search for Locations
How to Schedule
How to Prep Your Gear

Production

For me, the production phase is the easiest part of the process. Once the time-lapse is setup, you are able to sit back and take in your surroundings. In this section, I will go over how to control your camera as well as how to add motion to your shot using a variety of methods.

Camera Settings/Modes: Understanding the Basic Functions of a DSLR
How to Shoot a Static Time-lapse
How to Shoot Motion-Controlled Timelapses
How to Shoot Day to Night Timelapses
How to Shoot Astro Timelapses
How to Shoot HDR Timelapses
How to Shoot Walking Timelapses / Hyperlapses

Post-Production

In this section I will walk through post-processing methods, compositing, and exporting based on your delivery needs.

Processing
De-flickering
Codecs
Stabilizing
Archiving