Here’s the truth about the glorified work of photography: it’s an art, but a sacrifice at the same time. While you can shoot incredible pictures and videos anytime you want, it requires a crazy amount of time, effort, research, resources and planning to come up with excellent results.
This is especially true if you have your own time-lapse camera. There’s simply not many resources that give us tips on how to do it properly, so everyone thinks it’s easy. If you have your equipment, here are a few ways to do it properly:
• The most basic reminder we give to people is to do the framing properly. There have been issues with photographers trying to tell a story with their locations. (Here’s a tip: leave your stuff once you get on location, drop your backpacks and walk around for a little bit. Just walk. You will see what you’re looking for with your own two eyes and once you do, move there immediately. Walk to and fro and find angles that you think will look good.)
• Using time-lapse camera techniques is basically photography, so think like it is! Don’t think about the final output. Rather, consider the details you’ll get from each shot you’ll take.
• A lot of people may tell you that the optimum setting for a time-lapsed shoot is to set it at automatic and then just use jpegs to save as much space as possible. If you’re a pro, this common mistake must’ve irked you as you know that no sane professional will use these methods unless you’re under heavy duress.
• You may want to run your camera at manual setting and raw mode so you can make the post-processing easier. This is because when using automatic and jpeg, the time-lapse camera will start auto adjusting the colour temperature, lighting, ISO and focus if there are any changes to the environment.
• RAW is lossless and manual does not adjust colours every time the light temperature changes. This way, you can be sure of a consistent output out of every shot that is taken for you.
• If you are using jpeg on auto and experiencing colour change issues or inconsistent lighting, it may not be because of the scenario, but from the camera settings. Manual gives you the freedom to tweak the elements of the scenario to your advantage.
If you don’t have your own equipment, you don’t have to worry because the Melbourne store stocks the very latest time-lapse photography equipment just contact them for more details.