Writing with Light

TIMELAPSE – An Introduction to Still Photographs in Motion

Attempting a Timelapse is one of those techniques that’s on my to-do list of things to learn and try. I understand the basics of it but never quite knew how to turn it onto a movie…until now. Craft & Vision’s latest release TIMELAPSE – An Introduction to Still Photographs in Motion by Dave Delnea demystifies the “how” of timelapse. Timelapse_Spread_Cover_NEW_RELEASE

This is the first piece that I’ve read on the topic that really lays out the fundamentals of timelapse photography. Dave Delnea covers the equipment you need (not to worry you probably have most of it already), the software to use and how to put it all together.

While the first section dealing with the gear you need is pretty straight forward, Delnea then gets very specific into dealing with focus, framing of your subject and how to ensure that your exposure is controlled throughout your sequence. He also discusses what causes both exposure flicker and mechanical flicker and how to fix both of those issues. This is essential in ensuring that your final movie has a smooth and pleasing look.

In the Post-Production Workflow section TIMELAPSE deals with how to use Lightroom to edit your images (and remember we’re dealing with hundreds of images for one timelapse sequence) and then sequence them to a video file.  I really found Dave Delnea’s step by step instructions excellent here especially for a newbie to timelapse photography as I am.

The bonus section of the book deals with advance techniques such as motion control; bulb ramping – a technique where you use your camera’s bulb setting to manage exposure and LRTimelapse Effects Ramping where you can change exposure, white balance and other parameters over the course of a sequence.

Examples of the authors’ own timelapse sequences are scattered throughout the book and in the case studies and they’re a great example of what can be achieved with this technique.




For the first five days only, use the promotional code TIME4 at check out and you can have TIMELAPSE for just $4 OR use the code TIME20 to get 20% off when you buy 5+ PDF eBooks from the Craft & Vision collection. These codes expire at 11:59pm (PST) March 22, 2013. Click Here to Purchase.

11 responses

  1. Thanks Edith, more sitting on an aeroplane reading.


    March 18, 2013 at 12:13 pm

  2. Sounds interesting – but I’m thinking if only I could find a few more hours in the day….


    March 18, 2013 at 2:19 pm

  3. I hve been fooling around doing short TL weather videos for a little while now. They can indeed be fun.
    Here are a couple:

    This one gets good about 15 seconds in,


    March 18, 2013 at 5:35 pm

  4. This looks awesome, I really liked your ebook on Lightroom, if this is of similar quality and depth, I will get it too.


    March 19, 2013 at 12:13 pm

  5. Thanks for Sharing Edith… I bought this one because I’ve really looking for a time lapse guide and at that price you can’t lose… I hope you get something back, I tried to use all the links & codes your provided 🙂


    March 21, 2013 at 11:42 am

    • Thank you so much Bashar. I really enjoyed this one. Thanks for clicking through and purchasing it.


      March 21, 2013 at 1:56 pm

  6. Pingback: Timelapse Earth, video | Dear Kitty. Some blog

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