How To Create a Time-lapse in 4 Easy Steps

You can create time-lapses with your phone, and that's the easiest way. Nonetheless, I think you're here because you'd like to find something more professional. I use my Sony a7iii to create my time-lapses & here is how you can do it: 1. Decide where you want to capture the time-lapse. Most often, I choose either a landscape, a cityscape with moving clouds, day to night holy grail time-lapse or a movement. 2. Choose a safe place to set up your camera. Suppose you want 12 seconds of compiled cloud footage at 30 frames per second. You will need to capture [ 12 x 30 = 360 ] 360 frames (photographs). If the clouds are moving reasonably fast and you'd like to get an exceptionally smooth video, you may want to shoot at a 2 second interval. A 5-6 second interval is fine if the clouds don't move too fast.

3. Edit your photos in your preferred software - I like Adobe Lightroom. You know, the usual, small corrections here and there, lifting shadows if needed, increase decrease contrast, clarity, whites & then sync all. If necessary, straighten them too. Maintain the order in which you took the pictures.

4. Import them into the time lapse software of your choice. I will tell you about a free software you could use on Windows 10 and Windows 11 - Microsoft Time Lapse Creator.

It's pretty straight forward. Add pictures, choose the numbers of frames - I suggest 25-30 frames per second as this is what the human eye is most used to.

Here is a time lapse I created a few weeks ago from Canary Wharf. Can you believe this is how the sky looks like in January? Feel free to subscribe, like & leave a comment.

Stay blessed, Adrian