For me, it's about the art, the experience, the desire to take a step back and breathe, and most importantly, the desire to share. What makes time-lapse photography so fascinating to me is that it requires patience. It's one activity that requires you to stop and take in your surroundings, sometimes for only a few minutes and other times for hours.
Many people are drawn to the art through the process, one that allows us to analyze our environment and adapt. The slower-paced shooting environment is similar to the experience of shooting a still photograph before the advent of digital mediums.
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 article will focus only on the basics, with a few helpful tips to improve your skill set.
Camera body and lens
Cards and batteries
Polarizer filters, Vari-ND filters and grad filters
The BasicsWhen shooting a time-lapse, it all starts with the foundation. The first thing you'll want to make sure you have is a solid tripod and shooting surface. If using a lighter tripod, you may want to lash the tripod down or attach a weight to the center column. If it gets windy, this will ensure that your final shot is stable.
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