Timelapse photography is a special technique whereby sequential photos taken on a stills camera are processed to appear as a moving film. The results can be spectacular and, when chosen for the right subject matter, can be more effective than a still photo or a regular film.
This type of photography is particularly effective when documenting scenes which change slowly over a long period of time. Timelapse allows the viewer to see the entire sequence of events which may take days or even months in real time, as a short video which can last just a few minutes. It’s a more interesting way to present the content in a concise way without skipping any part of the process which may appear uninteresting if viewed in reality.
Timelapse can be used in a variety of ways, including:
- Construction projects, to show progress onsite as new roads or buildings are constructed
- Large crowds, such as corporate parties, exhibitions or community events with high foot traffic
- Production lines, where products are assembled using multiple machines or stages
- Natural environments, where the changing seasons or daylight hours help communicate the message
- In various creative ways, as part of a broader film, fusion photography project which mixes various visual media, or an innovative advertising campaign