I have known a gentleman by the name of Chris Oaten for a very long time. He’s even written stories for me from time-to-time. Chris makes his main living doing timelapse photography, and dare I say, he has few, if any, people in this country who in any way share his skill.
The results he creates are breathtaking and can be seen here.
To get to this level, Chris has many, many dollars invested in technology, but while you may drool over his work, the actual technical basics of timelapse to create video are quite simple. (Of course, getting to Chris’ level also requires a great deal of skill and knowledge of photography and lighting).
You take a series of still shots over a period of time and with a delay between the shots. You then put ’em all together a play them back at a faster frame rate.
If you have one of the later GoPros for example, that functionality is built in, as it is in the DJI Pocket 2 and DJI drones. But if you yearn to create timelapse imagery and don’t possess one of these, then the Pluto Trigger may fit the bill for you.
I did a First Look review some weeks back and you can read that here. This afternoon, with an hour up my sleeve, I decided to have a crack at a quick timelapse, and this is the result. Basically it is 240 frames taken at 5 second intervals over 20 minutes. The end result JPGs are then put together in DaVinci Resolve and rendered out.
The camera is a Canon 5DS mounted on a Miller Air 75 Solo tripod. Camera settings were ISO100 / F16 / 1/60th of a second.
The Pluto Trigger does a LOT more than this of course. Check out that First Looks to see.