Create a time-lapse
Jason Parnell-Brookes braves the storms to show you how to capture a speedy time-lapse with wind, clouds and sunshine
Brave storms to capture a time-lapse sequence to capture wind, clouds and sunshine
Cloud spotting, watching the waves, seeing the landscape swathed in spots of sunlight patched with shadow – these are just a few of the things we do to relax in life. But have you ever seen the true speed of the weather when you’re not watching in real time?
You can create your own sped-up version of real life with a time-lapse. Time-lapses involve taking multiple shots at set intervals, then combining them together to create a video. You can be as extreme with this as you like; it can be a very slow process, shooting over several days to reveal a blooming flower, or it might be a very short process to capture the lapping of waves at a shoreline.
Some Nikon models give you the option of creating a timelapse video, or taking separate stills. If you have the choice, choose the video option as this is easier. Taking stills instead forces you to process the shots in software in post-production.
First of all, you’ll need to engage Manual mode on your Nikon to get a good starting exposure – that way your exposure won’t alter between shots as the light changes. We’ll show you afew tricks to ensure your time-lapse is rock-steady, interesting and well framed so that you can produce a wonderful sped-up video to really bring a scene to life.