What is Time-Lapse?
Time-lapse is a method where a camera is set up to automatically take a photo at set intervals over a pre-determined period of time. For example, a camera might be set up to take a photo every minute over an hour. These photos are then added together using video-editing software such as Final Cut. The final product will show a seamless sequence of images that looks like a video in fast-forward mode.
The technique is based on the same principles as stop motion animation. If you ever drew a series of drawings on the corners of your notebook in school and then flipped the pages to make it come to life, you will know how time-lapse works.
We use stills cameras to record the time-lapses because the quality of the images is so much higher than with a video camera. It reduces the amount of files that have to be processed at the end – 1,000 photos is time-consuming, but far easier to render than 150 hours of video footage.
Our DSLR cameras also shoot in RAW files, which allows us to adjust white balance, exposure etc after it has been shot. This allows Lensmen to provide you with the best quality footage possible.
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