Epic Timelapse Filmed Around the World Shows Photographer’s 10 Years of Dedication

A photographer has created an epic showreel of his timelapses filmed all around the world over the course of 10 years.

Matthew Vandeputte put together a selection of his best work and it is a great example of a seasoned photographer who has mastered their craft.

“I’m pretty much always shooting a timelapse or a hyperlapse wherever I am,” Vandeputte writes on his website.

“The result of this is dozens and dozens of hard drives filled with an enormous amount of clips of all kinds of styles and subjects.

“When you’re shooting and editing for ten years straight, you’re going to end up with a ton of footage.”

Vandeputte says that shooting is the easier part, editing is where the challenge begins.

“It’s truly a mountain of content you have to sift through,” he explains. “Luckily I’ve always had a great file management system, which makes this a lot easier.”

What Camera Gear is Used for a Timelapse?

Vandeputte’s philosophy is “the best camera is the one you have with you,” However, he has used an array of brilliant cameras including a Canon 5D Mark III, a Canon 1DX Mark II, a Canon 6D Mark II, a Panasonic Lumix S1, a Lumix S5 II, and a Lumix S5 II X.

“I have been shooting on all sorts of cameras over the last decade,” he adds.

Timelapse Styles

Vandeputte employs various timelapse techniques, including Holy Grail timelapses, hyperlapse photography, motion control timelpases, and astrophotography timelapses.

“The art of photography encapsulates a lot of different styles of shooting like street, studio, portrait, wildlife, macro, travel, etc,” he writes.

“It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the subgenre of timelapse photography holds many different styles of shooting as well.”

The Holy Grail timelapse is when the light begins to change, such as when the sun sets or rises, and the camera’s setting needs to be adjusted. While mounting the camera to a moving platform to create a parallax effect is known as a motion control timelapse.

“Move the camera even further and you start talking about one of my favorite styles of shooting: Hyperlapse photography,” says Vandeputte.

“With clever editing, you can combine all these different styles and more to create a captivating and immersive experience for your audience.”

PetaPixel featured Vandeputte’s timelapse work 10 years ago when he took a photo trip around the world. And earlier this week, PetaPixel featured a timelapse photographer who left three cigarettes in a mason jar filled with soil for an entire year

Vandeputte offers his knowledge on various courses he sells on his website. More of his work can be found on his Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Image credits: All photos by Matthew Vandeputte.