How to make a “flow motion” timelapse film

Oct 9, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

How to make a “flow motion” timelapse film

Oct 9, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Recently, Fenchel and Janisch made a pretty cool flow motion video in Frankfurt (above). It was made for the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof hotel, to show off some of the beauty and life of downtown Frankfurt. This type of video is becoming very common as the hardware and software tools are becoming more available to photographers and filmmakers.

But how can you make one of your own? Such films require a variety of techniques, and the workflow that works best for you will depend on the gear and software you have. But Fenchel and Janisch put this video together showing their workflow and how they made the Frankfurt video.

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They say that the video was shot using multiple cameras simultaneously, including the Fujifilm X-T2 and X-H1 mirrorless cameras. They capture the images in RAW with a variety of lenses including the 10-24mm f/4, 35mm f/1.4 and 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8. The post work and editing are done using Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro.

There’s a lot of time and technique involved with something like this. And you’ll need to put in a lot of practice for it to look good. But seeing how some of these shots were put together, it’s amazing how much you just don’t notice when you just see the original video without knowing how it was done.

 

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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