Shutter is your friend as a time lapse photographer and even so as a photographer.

When I’m shooting time-lapse I’m most conscious of the shutter speed I’m using to the capture the photos. If you didn’t know the golden rule of your shutter speed should be doubled your frame rate then your not taking much video with a DSLR or mirror less camera lately.

In the video world, videographer uses shutter angle not shutter speed to gain the right exposure and frame rate settings on the camera. As a photographer I am aware of shutter speed and the exposure triangle with ISO and Aperture makes up the trilogy.

Since I got the GH4 as my main camera, I am starting to learn more about shutter angle. Mainly because I want to uses slow motion as a B-roll shot and I don’t want to change the shutter speed to match with the golden rule above.

But as a time lapse shooter I am not handicapped by the shutter and that’s why we get admiration from cinematographer and Hollywood A class directors. Where else could you get really smooth video of the waves or the incredible holy frail time lapses.

How about the long car light head and rear light trails? Or even those magical night sky time lapse of the stars. No wonder why we get admiration from someone that just press the red button right?

I am sometime wonder why there is not much interest in time lapse photography among the public? They’re all seen one form of time lapse in their time with so many Hollywood movies and tv shows using time lapse as an establishing shots.

I came with the solution that is it requires more patience than any form of digital visual art. People live in a 3 seconds world and time lapse seems so odd why can’t you press the red button? I don’t called my selves a nuts for no reason.

By the way could you guess the shutter speed of the photo above with the dancer? Leave me a comment with your guess. Oh when can an iPhone capture the photo above then I will line up to take Apple latest offerings.


Published by Travis Chau

I'm a freelance makeup artist from Sydney, Australia. If you hang around creative people long enough you well get the bug to create as well. So now I am into photography, timelapse photography and maybe video/film later.

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