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June 15, 2008



Great movies! Thanks for the info on your process--very useful.
Keep it up!


Well done Chad. Love the Bryce Canyon sequence. Feel like I should be leaping off and flying into the sky over the canyon.


Beautiful! Have you ever done any Starlapses?

Leather Donut


What is the interval that you generally use for timelapse? Thanks.



LD- It varies usually between 5 and 8 seconds. Shorter for things like driving or flying sequences which i do at 1-2 seconds and a bit longer for things like night time star lapses - 12-15 seconds.


re: Star lapses I have done some but not a otn. Here is a good example of one I did:

If you want to see cool star time-lapse I think Tom @ Timescapes does the best work there..


love your work.. I have a D200 and I have used interval timer for my bracketing shots, My question is..what kind of memory card do you carry..I know that I have a 4gb card but after 200+ shots it gets filled if shooting in you carry 2 cards dump one on the computer while the other one is shooting and so forth? Once again congrats on the wonderful work. A true admirer.


Richard, Thanks for your kind words. I use 32gb memory cards. I also do not shoot RAW for HDR time-lapse (or rarely do) so that helps. I use these Transcend 32GB CompactFlash cards which I have been very happy with.

Brad Kremer

love the work and the help is much appreciated.

my question is what are your recommended settings for doing time-lapses with changing lighting? like a sunset to night scene. do you use aperture priority? or a manual setting?




That is a great question and one of the bigger challenges with time-lapse. I try not to leave it on Aperture priority as that is very apt to cause a higher level of issues with flicker. In an ideal world you are able to keep it in manual and you are close by to change the settings with major shifts in light. I have found that it is less of a gradual thing than you would think. I sort of think of it a nighttime (dark), dawn some light but no direct sun, and then sunrise as 3 settings. Then later in the morning you probably want to readjust as the sun is higher in the sky. Then just the reverse of this for sunset, dusk and night. Hope that helps. It is definitely as much art as science.

Brad Kremer

hey chad,

when exporting the QT you mention an option of saving as a self contained file. i am curious if you think this is a better way for quality. yes the file is much larger. but my main concern is exporting with the best quality possible for editing in FCP.

thanks again!



To get something very colorful like that, is that recommended to shot 5 pictures (-2,-1,0,1,2 EVs) ?


Thank you Chad for showing your work and sharing your tech thoughts. I am learning, and I 'followed' you here to see and read (hoping you feel admired and not stalked)

I posted a question on Vimeo time lapse for beginners forum and got this advice from you:
"What I do is use QuickTime Pro import image sequence...(command + Shift + O) I would set the frame rate to 23.976 and then save it all as a reference file (be sure not to move the JPEGS!!!). Then import that reference file into FCP and you are good to go.

I believe in you Chad, and I want to learn, I really do.I shot sequences of jpg's with my canon rebel, and have them in a file on my Mac - but when I open Quicktime and navigate to them, QT only wants to open one image at a time.

Further advice? I'm hooked on trying



Nice tutorial, but I've hit a snag.

This is driving me insane. I used Adobe Lightroom to batch process my sequence of images, so that for each image, I had images with values of -1, 0, and +1. All the +1 images are in a separate folder, as are the -1, and 0 images. I'm trying to batch process them in Photomatix to apply HDR tonemapping. When I check "Process subfolders" and select "grouped by exposures," it still doesn't group them by exposures. Instead, it takes the first three images from my +1 folder, merges them, and goes on. Any ideas?

Terrific stuff, Chad. You mention cropping and resizing before importing into the video editing suite. If you leave the shots in 3:2 and import them into your editing suite that way, this will allow you to add pan/zoom effects in the video editing software if desired. Just another approach.


Peter Enright

sublime imagery Chad, stunning locations. I shall try your HDR process soon as I have been thinking about HDR for timelapse. At least it gets me out and about!

Peter Enright

Chad, your instructions say: "Batch export the images to 1920 x 1080"

is that @ 72 dpi web resolution or higher?

Phil: I've used Photomatix and I think you need to keep all your images in the one folder; it knows which are the bracketed ones.


Hello Chad,

i think you are the master time lapser ! anyway
y have some trouble whit the noise in HDR time lapse
specially during sunset, the land who is coming black during sunset, have lot of noise and y understand that blakc on black doing noise
But y see some of your and they have no noise

what the technics, is it in Photomatix ? is it RAW file ?

i try HDR on tha scene, the end was hypre noisy, so y take just the overexposure shoot to make that

thanks for your help !

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