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How to Create Professional Time-Lapse Videos From Start to Finish

A high-quality time-lapse is a beautiful thing. From the aurora borealis over Norway to the thriving metropolis that is San Diego, we’ve featured many a gorgeous photographic fast-forward through time, each of them put together by photographers that knew how to pull the most out of the time-lapse medium.

But just because there are a lot of stunning time-lapses out there, doesn’t mean that the process is easy or self-explanatory. Creating a great time-lapse takes skills, and it’s those skills that professional photographer Vincent Laforet is partnering with Canon to teach you in an informative 4-part educational video series.

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The first episode (embedded at the top) covers the basics. Laforet jumps right in by telling you what you should be looking for when choosing the subject for and shooting a time-lapse. You want to anchor your shot to a strong foreground element, pick a subject that is dynamic (it is a time-lapse after all), and determine how long you want your time-lapse to be, among other things.

Here are a couple of examples of the kinds of incredible videos you can put together using this technique. The first is a Death Valley time-lapse put together by photographer Gavin Heffernan and his team in the freezing cold desert; the second a tilt-shift time-lapse by photographer Nathan Kaso that reduces the city of Melbourne, Australia to a tiny playground:

Of course, to create stunning time-lapses like the ones you see above, you’ll need to learn more than the basics. Episodes 2 through 4 cover the rest of the process, from camera setup and lens selection, to specific creative choices, to an overview of the post-production process.

To see the entire how-to series, and get to work on your own time-lapse or hyperlapse creation, head over to Canon’s Digital Learning Center by clicking here.

(via Imaging Resource)