Hyperlapse: Creating Motion Shots

Hyperlapse: Creating Motion Shots

Hyperlapse, also known as moving timelapse, is a technique in time-lapse photography that allows the photographer to create motion shots. In its simplest form, a hyperlapse is achieved by manually moving the camera a short distance between each shot. The first film using the hyperlapse technique dates to 1995. The first film using the hyperlapse technique seems to have been Pacer, shot on Super 8 film in Montreal in 1995 by Guy Roland, after experiments during the 1980s and 1990s. It has been suggested that the term "hyper-lapse" itself was first used in 2011 by American filmmaker Dan Eckert,  and coined by Shahab Gabriel Behzumi´s Berlin Hyperlapse in 2012

Timelapse and Hyperlapse

Hyperlapse Picture Credits: Bishwajit Bappy[/caption] Timelapse is an exposure technique which is used in photography to create a shot where the movement is processed by the lapsing of the time. Hyperlapse is also one of the exposure technique which is used in photography to create a shot in a time-lapse sequences with an interval between each exposure in which there is a gradual movement in the position of the camera.

Gears required in the making of a Hyperlapse:

  • Hyperlapse formula
Assumptions : We need to shoot a subject from one point to another within a distance of ‘ a ‘ inches in between. Calculated time for covering ‘ a ‘ distance is ‘ X ‘ seconds. FPS ( Frame Per Seconds ) of the camera is ‘ YZ ‘ Now, X * YZ = XYZ shots ( Required ) a / XYZ = b, Here ‘ b ’ = distance we need to move between every shot. This will allow you to create an accurate movement of both the subject and camera in Hyperlapse.
  • Prefer a steady tripod
hyperlapse So that the legs won't shift when you move it around and they keep the camera on an even plane and it's easier to do on a tripod with live view on at eye level.
  • Aligning your camera between shots
What matters most is where you are pointing the camera; keep it in level and keep the same point in focus. A small rectangle shows up on the LCD when your camera is at manual focus. This will help you in making a reference point in the frame of your camera.
  • Timer Remote
To get consistency in intervals.
  • Wide View
hyperlapse To Prevent unnecessary distortion in your images use a focal length of 25mm to 30mm and to get a relatively wide angle of view.
  • Smoother Touch
Use one or 1/15th second of shutter speed. Make sure your shutter speed is slow enough to capture motion blur. This will make the final video much smoother.
  • Filters
To get long exposures use ND filters.

 It’s time for Action!          

  1. Shoot Raw: In order to manipulate the image sequences you are shooting.
  2. Editing Softwares: Use Adobe Lightroom or Capture One for best results.
  3. Import all of the photos into Lightroom. Choose one photo and adjust it in the Develop module before applying the settings to the rest of the images by using the synchronization command.
  4. Next, export all of the photos at full size.
  5. In order to smooth the exposures of the use the softwares like LR Timelapse
  6. Import the files into AfterEffects as a.JPEG sequence and compose/crop your images here according to video frame size.
  7. Use the warp stabilizer to quickly correct any trembling or misalignment in the sequence. Now you can export the final video file.
CREATIVE ADVICE: Try adding a zoom in or zoom out blur experiments to your shot as you move. Also Read: RUSSELL ORD: PASSIONATE FOR THE WAVES!!!

Written By: Prateek Kashyap An adventure seeker by heart, his passion for photography was ignited in the Great Himalayas. Clicking clear frames and solving the mysteries of life, he just wants to spend his time as a confused photographer.