Charlotte Timelapse Videos
The image above is a picture I took of the Charlotte NC skyline while I was recording a timelapse video clip I did for a client’s opening shot. This post is not about our services it’s just some interesting information to pique your interest into the art of timelapse videos, however with that being said I will briefly mention that we can do any type of timelapse you’d like to go in your video.
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Moving on, I did edit the above image in photoshop but not like most people would think, I only adjusted the camera raw settings.
For those who aren’t familiar, shooting an image in raw quality means no compression so you have much more control when you go to edit the photo. That’s one reason why it’s better to shoot timelapse videos with a DSLR and combine the images as opposed to shooting regular video and speeding the clip up. Timelapses are nothing more than a bunch of photos put together but that’s exactly what video is too.
Shutter Speed and it’s Effects
You can control timelapses by adjusting the shutter speed which determines the length of exposure. The camera’s shutter opens and closes to expose an image, the slower the shutter speed, the longer the shutter is open when exposing which lets more light into the camera’s iris. A slow shutter speed would produce not only a brighter image but more importantly for this topic, a more blurred timelapse, this is due to the fact that more movement is able to occur during the…sorry that’s too obvious, I’m not talking to dummies, I’ll move on to…. a fast shutter speed would reduce the exposure intervals and would result in a sharper, choppier timelapse where people often appear to transport from one place to another.
Timelapse + Dolly = Awesome
One thing that I find really cool is timelapses where the camera is slowly moving which produces a dolly shot effect. The motion of the dolly we interpret as a normal speed reality camera movement, combining that with the super fast speed reality the timelapse provides and the result is mesmorizing. Probably the coolest type of timelapse shot in my opinion is when they apply this dolly timelapse effect when shooting the stars in the middle of the night somewhere like a mountain in the west where the stars are super bright.
Here’s an incredible video which is a perfect example of this effect.
The effect is achieved by mounting the camera on a motorized slider (a slider is basically a miniature dolly). Regular slider’s are user powered. I have a slider made by Konova, here’s a product image of my slider.
The motor is set to move the camera at a very slow speed, when the pictures are combined into a timelapse the increased speed turns a crawl into a regular speed dolly movement. Store bought motorized sliders or even the controller/kit for motorizing your slider are very expensive. I really wanted to be able to get these shots so I researched the web and found a diy build for a motor attachment. Since then I’ve found a few more, all seem valid and will definitely help you if you’re interested in this effect but don’t want to spend $800 on a new manufactured one.
Another really cool effect you can get with timelapse videos is the tilt-shift effect. When viewed the TS effect tricks your brain into thinking it’s seeing toys when in reality it’s all real world stuff, here I can show you better than I could ever explain….
This effect is achieved by shooting the timelapse with a “tilt-shift lens” this special lens allows you to pivot the lens on the x and y planes which somehow enables you to produce a really shallow depth of field that your brain is accustomed to seeing close up. So when you shoot a bulldozer far away, the shallow depth of field tells your brain “it’s not far, it’s close, it just looks far away because its really small.” This effect can now be pretty much perfectly reproduced in after effects and even photoshop has a tilt-shift blur filter.
I didnt go into depth in this post on the how to of shooting timelapse videos because A all the information is already out there and B I’m not an expert. Here’s an article with all the information anyone could possibly want to know about how to shoot a timelapse video.
Here’s a couple Charlotte Timelapse Videos I found on youtube… (it’s got some great shots but it’s kinda long)