A Complete 30 Minutes Night Timelapse Tutorial That Covers Everything You Need To Know

Nov 26, 2015

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A Complete 30 Minutes Night Timelapse Tutorial That Covers Everything You Need To Know

Nov 26, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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Taking a time-lapse is a complex task. Unlike a photo, which you can chimp and (usually) retake, retaking a time-lapse is not as trivial. This is why understanding how time-lapses work and how to take them is crucial before going out on the field.

This tutorial by Mark Gee (previously) is a full crash course on time-lapses taking you from planning through setting up, doing the actual capture, post processing and exporting. Mark is using Photopills for planning and a Syrp Ginie + Magic Carpet for moving the camera, but the principles apply to time-lapses taken using any gear. Hit the jump for a full video and clickable TOC.

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In the field:

  • 0:49 – Location Scouting – Mobile Apps | Composition
  • 3:03 – Camera setup – Image Quality | Shutter | Aperture | ISO | Focus
  • 4:33 – How to avoid star trailing
  • 5:27 – Setup the Genie – Rec Time | Interval | Play Time
  • 6:29 – How the interval works
  • 7:43 – Setup the movement – Movement length | Ease in / out

Post Production:

  • 8:20 – Introduction and workflow setup
  • 10:32 – Color adjustments and neutralising the image
  • 11:32 – Lens Correction
  • 12:20 – Set black and white points
  • 13:20 – Color adjustment – Clarity | Tone Curve
  • 16:30 – Local Sky Adjustments – Graduated Ramp
  • 19:37 – Technical Clean-up – Noise Reduction | Artifact clean up
  • 22:47 – Sync color adjustments to all images
  • 24:22 – Export all images to LR Timelapse
  • 26:08 – Export out a movie from LR Timelapse – Codec | Output size

[Tutorial: How to setup a motion star timelapse | Mark Gee]

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2 responses to “A Complete 30 Minutes Night Timelapse Tutorial That Covers Everything You Need To Know”

  1. Ralph Hightower Avatar
    Ralph Hightower

    Excellent instructional video!

  2. Paul Menard Avatar
    Paul Menard

    thanks :)