After teaching several time-lapse workshops I noticed there are some mistakes among my students that keep coming up, so I thought about doing this checklist so they could make sure everything is perfect in order to avoid mistakes before, during and after shooting.
The idea is very simple: you need to follow certain steps that will give you a shot technically correct. I mean technically because there are several other things that could go wrong, like bad weather, but that is something we can't control so that's not in the list.
Eventually these steps will become part of you so after a while you won't need the list anymore, but this is a perfect solution for those who are just starting with time-lapse.
I made two identical lists to be used with alternative tools, both are available for Android and iOS.
- The first one is for Google Sheets, the Excel-like app from Google. It's functional but not as pretty as the second alternative.
- The second one is for Evernote. Very functional and prettier than the other.
Both work with no Internet connection, so if you are in the middle of nowhere with no cellphone signal you will be able to use it anyway. Just remember to reset them after using them to avoid confusions (untick the selected options).
How to use the checklist
Once you see the download links, access any of the lists from your phone, open the checklist using your preferred app and make a copy of the list. This way you will be able to edit it and tick the different steps.
Instructions for Google Sheets:
Instructions for Evernote:
You can download the apps using the following links:
Both lists can be donwloaded using the options at the top of this page.
Free of charge software
The checklist is completely free, but I added the option to make a donation if you want to do that. If you enter a value of 0 you will be able to download the action for free.
- First public version.
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Photograph by: Eric Sanman