TimeLapse HEader

Nikon D800, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens @45mm, f/11, 1/800s, ISO 400.

I’ve been shooting time-lapse sequences ever since the second day I owned a Nikon D700 and realized that it had a built intervalometer. That means I have thousands of pictures I’ve never done anything with at all. In the last year and half, however, I’ve attended some great classes from Rod Harlan and our own Rich Harrington and they’ve shown me how simple it is to use Photoshop to finish a time-lapse sequence with a professional touch. Since Photoshop is familiar, learning a new tool is easy*.


These two videos show two tips I use all the time now. The first demonstrates how you can zoom in or pan or both during your video. the key to remember is that even full HD video is only a two mega pixel image. That means my 20+ megapixel time-lapse contains enough picture to make multiple videos using different parts of the frame, or different moves through the frame. It can look like a Ken Burns effect, or even a slider/jib move. Watch the video and you’ll see what I mean.

The second shows how to add audio tracks, like music, to a time-lapse (or any video) as well as text and credit pages. You can even use the first video’s techniques to make text move across the screen. If you think a little bit about your favorite TV show I think you’ll see that most of the credit sequences could be done using our best friend, Photoshop.

*Quick correction to what I said in the videos: These techniques are for CS5 Extended, CS6 Extended, or CC. Unfortunately, CS4 extended won’t do video.


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About Levi Sim

Passion drives Levi to make photographs, teach, and help new friends. He tells people he's a photographer, but he really does more than just make pictures. His professional photography is primarily commercial work for businesses, both small and large, and he really helps show how great it'd be to work with those companies. He excels at photographing people, from two-year-olds to oil field workers to couples married for 60 years, everyone has a good time making pictures with Levi. Besides people and businesses, Levi enjoys all other aspects of photography, and practices landscapes and still life, as well. Other people enjoy photographing everything, and Levi wants to be able to help, so he practices as much as he can to be ready to help. He also runs a local photography club, is a Rotarian, actively helps at church, is a husband, and poppa to a peppy four-year-old girl. Levi writes regularly for Photofocus.com and is co-author of books on Adobe Lightroom.


Adobe, Cinematography, Photography, Shooting, Software, Technique & Tutorials, Timelapse