Putting together a time-lapse video

photo another tree on a rock

Putting together a time-lapse video

A few years ago I played around with some time-lapse. Mainly small things like the clouds moving the sky and really only did one scene, or one place. 

However, the other morning I went up to Eureka Skydeck, they were having a special members viewing of sunrise. Unfortunately the sunrise was boring and the windows were dirty, but there are always other things to photograph.

photo another tree on a rock

In the end I just went around to all the different sides and took heaps of photos over time, up to 40, so I could put them together in a long exposure. Though, I wasn’t sure if I should just do them from the top.

There is a learning curve here, and while I can’t pretend I know what I’m doing, I do have a go.

I ended up down at street level, as well, taking photos. The tripod was used for all of them. It seemed like the right thing to do with this sort of photography, In the end I took over 800 photos. Here is a look at some of them.


That is a lot and then I had to work out what I was going to do with them. I know you can do time-lapse in Photoshop, but I thought I would try out the newer version of Camtasia. The last time I tried, a few years ago, it was not easy. I have worked it out now. So all the photos were put into the several folders and done that way. At the end I put all the little ones together and shortened it even more.

In the start there were 800 photos and we ended up with a 40 second video.

Perhaps it is time to show you the actual time-lapse video.

I really enjoyed doing these, and as the summer is barreling down on us here and we are seeing very few clouds, perhaps instead of doing long exposures, I might try doing more time-lapse photography. I can see a lot more experimenting happening over the next few months.

16 Responses

  1. That’s pretty cool. I cannot pretend to understand how complicated it is to put together one of these but I definitely think you should explore doing more of these.

    • It isn’t actually that complicated, just more trial and error, trying to work out how many images and then how fast to make it. Thank you Laura, I think you will see more from me.

  2. Melbourne must have the fastest walkers in the world!

  3. Very impressive, Leanne! Time-lapse is truly fun to do and to watch. My approach is to use my Canon movie camera and make a video. Then I speed it up on my video editing program. Here is an example you might enjoy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhPb1gW4Yj8

    • Thank you Peter, it is a lot of fun. I haven’t done it with video yet, but I’ve been thinking when I get my new camera I wouldn’t mind trying it out. Thanks for sample, it looks great.

  4. Would seem it’s time to approach the tourism department.

  5. This was awesome! I did my first time lapse this summer of the Milky Way rising over a lake. See it here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pE-peR0W4Oc

  6. Very cool, Leanne! Mike and I especially loved it because of going to the Skydeck with you and recognizing so many of the other places in the video.

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