Time-lapse photography

Taller de fotografía time-lapse

Time-lapse photography workshop

It may seem that time-lapse photography is very recent, but people has been using the technique for a quite some time. Movies like Koyaanisqatsi (1982) and Baraka (1992) use the technique to tell stories only visually and without dialogue, that is why they are great examples people keep bringing up when talking about time-lapse. But it wasn’t until a few years ago that the technique became quite popular, in part thanks to the Internet and also because now people have access to low cost camera gear that makes possible creating footage with the technique.

In recent years productions of all types have been using time-lapse, from TV shows to movies, from Hollywood-like budget productions to independent ones. Today just one person is enough to create high quality content using the technique, that was not possible before since the gear was quite heavy for one person to carry around and it was pretty expensive as well.

Currently, time-lapse photography is everywhere and anybody with creativity, dedication and few resources is able to create high quality content using the technique.

Objectives

My goal is to teach you what a time-lapse is, not just as a video created from photographs, but as a resource you can use on an audiovisual production as well.

You will get to know about the different types of applications a time-lapse has (there are different branches of time-lapse photography), and you will learn about all the technical knowledge needed to create time-lapse videos.

By analyzing different examples, you will learn about the pre-production, production and post-production of time-lapses and how to avoid common mistakes when shooting them in order to get the best possible footage. Even though we will work with stills, you will learn to see those pictures from a different perspective, understanding that they will have motion in the end, and that that will take us a step closer to a video production.

The workshop is for people who

  • Have basic knowledge about photography (know how to use manual mode)
  • Have a camera with manual mode and manual focus
  • Have a tripod
  • Have an intervalometer
  • Have these software installed on their computer
    • The latest version of Lightroom Classic
    • The latest version of LRTimelapse (free up to 400 images per folder) - Here you will find a solution to this limitation
    • The latest version of Adobe DNG Converter (free - You need this program for LRTimelapse to work properly)
    • The latest version of Shotcut (free and optional, read below under Contents > Editing)
    • If you have a laptop, bring it with you with all the software installed (I don’t install applications during the workshop)

Contents

  • What is time-lapse photography?
    • Persistence of vision
    • FPS and how they affect a time-lapse
  • Time-lapses branches and different applications on an audiovisual
  • Advantages and disadvantages of photo cameras against video cameras for creating time-lapses - Which one is better?
  • How to get a correct motion blur
  • What camera do you need to shoot a time-lapse?
  • Other accesories for shooting time-lapses
  • Scouting - How and why you should plan a time-lapse
  • How to properly set up the camera to shoot a time-lapse
  • How to properly set up an intervalometer
  • Different interval times to get a proper time-lapse based on the subject
  • Introduction to day-to-night (holy grail) techniques
  • Time-lapse calculations and formulas
  • How to get the most out of a smartphone to capture great time-lapses
  • How to edit a time-lapse
    • Editing with Lightroom Classic
    • Adjustments and corrections using LRTimelapse (transitions, deflicker, render and fixing common capture mistakes)
    • How to cut time-lapses to a song in Shotcut
      • How to import files
      • Cutting (editing)
      • Render

Duration

7.30hs divided in three modules: theory, practice and editing. 3hs for the theory module, 1.30hs for the practice and 3hs for the editing.

Usually practice class tends to be longer, I really enjoy spending time outdoors, so if there's interest in keep shooting I'll stay longer.

Study material

You will get the presentation I use to teach after the theory class.

Language

Currently I am teaching in Spanish only, I am trying to improve my spoken English before teaching in that language.

Online support group

I offer free help after finishing the workshop on a Facebook group, where you can also share ideas and experiences among other students, as well as the results you get from the workshop.

Certification

You can get a workshop participation certificate for an extra ARS 100.

Special offers

Upcoming workshops

Face-to-face workshop in Córdoba

In-person workshops can be done privately or by group and they have very flexible hours.

  • Date and time at student’s convenience (theory and editing are 3hs long each, practice 1.30hs)
  • Theory and editing location: Córdoba downtown.
  • Practice location: Villa Carlos Paz coastal.
  • Price:
    • Private workshop: ARS 2000
    • Group workshop: ARS 1700 – 3 people minimum needed. Subscribe to any of my lists to be the first to know when the next workshop will be.
    • You can pay using credit card, with cash or via bank transfer/deposit
  • Keep in mind that if there’s bad weather (rain), the practice gets postponed to the next day with good weather

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More information and registration

Contact me via email at info@leandroperez.com.ar, clicking here or calling/texting to +54 9 351 2457662.