08 February 2017

Experimenting with Timelapse

I decided to dip my toe into timelapse photography.  This should give me something to do around Iowa, since we often have amazing sunsets but otherwise there isn't much in the way of landscape to photograph. This was shot off my back deck a few days ago.  I learned several lessons after my first attempt:

- Turn IS off.  Most of the image jumping around is due to IS being on.  The rest of it is due to wind.
- I need better camera stability if it is windy.  90% of the shots used to make this were tack-sharp.  The 10% that aren't sharp are noticeable in the final product.
- Don't try to align 600+ images in Photoshop. It takes hours and doesn't end up working anyway.
- Don't frame the scene to tightly.  I framed the scene like I was taking a still image in 3:2 aspect ratio.  Videos are 16:9.
- Don't use SRAW or MRAW image capture in the camera. I used SRAW because 12 MP is more than enough to make HD videos, and I figured I would save space on my memory card and hard drive.  However, Adobe Camera RAW (or any other RAW image processor) can't remove stuck pixels when de-mosaicing happens in-camera.  There is a stuck pixel in this video that would be difficult to remove in post processing.
- I need to learn to use some better timelapse software.
- I should upgrade to 32 gb of RAM for my computer.  Loading and processing hundreds of images at once eats up RAM.

My first attempt was successful because of what I learned.  I will try another timelapse once it warms up a bit and isn't constantly overcast.


  1. There's the sunset. Aaaaaaand...it's gone.

    1. This was a fixed exposure for every image. Once I master the basics I'm going to start messing with increasing the exposure as the light decreases.