UK-based photographer Jamie Brightmore tells us that he has been working on a new style of filmmaking: a “a bird’s-eye aerial timelapse cinematography technique” that he calls the Satlapse. The 1-minute video above shows some sample Satlapse clips.
Brightmore started experimenting with this idea about 8 months ago, shooting with a DJI Phantom 2, a GoPro HERO4 and a H3-3D Gimbal. The name “Satlapse” was chosen because with the wide-angle camera pointed straight down from about 400 feet off the ground, the resulting shots look like they were taken with a high-powered satellite camera.
Each shot is captured with the drone hovering in one spot for several minutes, making the time-lapses static without any sign of movement or stabilization. They’re also true time-lapse clips that were created with individually captured frames rather than video footage.
“This allows the shutter to be dragged using ND filters as is practiced in regular timelapse work,” Brightmore says.
If you’re interested in trying this technique for yourself, you can find more technical details of how it’s done in this article on Brightmore’s website.