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986 Photographs = 32 Seconds Of Video

Same Subject, Different Day

So one evening, when the clouds looked particularly interesting, I returned to the Externsteine in the hope of catching a dramatic sky. I had seen many sunsets come and pass at this very location without anything spectacular happening, but this time should be different.

I set the interval between shots to 5 seconds and started recording in manual mode – I like to be in control of f-stop, shutter time and ISO. With the light fading I had to adjust the shutter time every so often. This time I didn’t get too close to the interval time but if I had, I’d have ramped up the ISO next and only as a last resort I would’ve changed the aperture. This is known as the Holy Grail approach.

Where’s my video?

So how do you go about making the stills into a video? Photoshop can do that (movie layer), but, you guessed right, there is another way. There always seems to be.

The thing is, with all the adjustments done during the shoot due to the changing light we now have a problem on our hands: Flicker. Photoshop is no use here, but there’s some commercial software that can do the job – LRTimelapse.

This tool works in tandem with Adobe Lightroom, hence the name. In a nutshell, you define a couple of keyframes, edit these keyframes in Lightroom and then let LRTimelapse compute the transitions and apply them to intermediate frames. In a final step, these frames are exported as JPEG images and then rendered to a video.

More than the sum of its parts

Now, a time-lapse video doesn’t really come into its own without some music and the hard part here is to find a track that can match or set the mood of the video. I played through dozens of tracks until I found one that worked. I played around with the timing for a while and then it all came together.

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