Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Vivid Sydney 2015: I'm doing hyper-lapsed photography

Hyper Lapse: First Frame

What is hyper-lapsed photography you might ask? It's just time-lapse photography on steroids that's all. Search Youtube for hyper-lapsed photography and you get to see some of the amazing videos on the net right now. Mostly of buildings as the subject is easier too shoot but it gives you a great perspective on how photography and software these days can really push the creative boundary of still and motion. 

For anyone never try time-lapse photography I suggest you pick it up. It's a great start to emerge yourself to motion picture and that's where photography is leading. There's more people viewing Youtube than Flicker today.

The framing of hyper-lapse photography is the same as any photography but some planning need to be done in advanced before you take the first shots. You want to plan your path or motion so nothing obstruct your shot is a great start as well. How many shots you want to take? A typical video frame rate is 24-30 frames/second, you need about 7 seconds for a cut. So roughly 200 frames or shots. More will be better but it takes longer to do in the field and in post. 
Hyper Lapse: Last Frame

Since you are moving the camera and the subject is moving at the same time. If you shoot in day time try to include clouds in you shot, any clouds in your time-lapse or hyper lapse can make very interesting shots. Good luck!

I'll share my shots of Vivid Sydney soon after I have finished edit it and you definitely need a fast computer to do time-lapse and hyper-lapsed photography. The process is software driven, and doing any videos really test your computer.