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

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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.

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