Time-lapse photography is a technique whereby the frequency at which film frames are captured (the frame rate) is much lower than that used to view the sequence. When played at normal speed, time appears to be moving faster and thus lapsing. For example, an image of a scene may be captured once every second, then played back at 30 frames per second; the result is an apparent 30 times speed increase. Time-lapse photography can be considered the opposite of high speed photography or slow motion.
Using a mechanical gimbal/tripod to carefully rotate the camera very slowly while recording a Timelapse adds a dynamic layer of depth to the shot to take the 'whoa' factor to the next level.
Achieving these shots requires careful planning in advance to determine framing angles and rotational velocity needed to match the environmental aspects (like sun/moon positions or time of an event).
By moving the camera along a path (very slowly) adds an additional dynamic aspect to a time-lapse sequence and takes it to a whole new level for the ultimate 'whoa...' factor.
Guaranteed to leave a memorable and lasting impression.
Aerial hyperlapse (using a drone) is possible but has some limitations:
- Maximum of 20 minutes per sequence (max flight time on a single battery)
- Can seamlessly transition to and from a ground based sequence (can be used as part of an extended hyperlapse)
- Ideal wind speeds should be under 5 mph to achieve the slow and steady flight needed
- Wind speeds above 10 mph may cause undesirable results
- The farther away from objects to the drone, the more forgiving unwanted movement caused by wind becomes