Time Lapse Photography with Tom Bol, with Tom Bol

Join Tom Bol as he teaches you everything you need to know to get started creating stunning time lapse videos.

Become a master of time! Join Tom Bol as he teaches you everything you need to know to get started creating stunning time lapse videos. Tom starts by introducing you to the core gear and the foundational information you’ll need to make your first time lapse. From there he steadily walks you through increasingly more challenging time lapse scenarios that culminates with the holy grail of time lapse; a shoot that spans the changing light levels from day to night.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 00:57)

Join Tom on location as he goes over the material that will be covered in this class.

Lesson 2: Gear (Duration 06:46)

Learn about the core set of gear needed to create a time lapse.

Lesson 3: Time Lapse Formula (Duration 06:50)

There are a number of values to take into consideration for determining the interval between exposures.

Lesson 4: Programming an Intervalometer (Duration 04:47)

Once you know your duration and interval you can configure the intervalometer that will control the camera.

Lesson 5: Cloud Time Lapse (Duration 11:29)

Learning how to determine the interval needed to get the results you want will require a bit of experimentation. Keep in mind that a slower shutter speed creates a smoother transition between frames.

Lesson 6: Creating a Time Lapse with QuickTime Pro (Duration 07:36)

There are a number of programs you can use to assemble your time lapse. Tom shows you how to use the inexpensive QuickTime Pro.

Lesson 7: Photo Shoot BTS Time Lapse (Duration 06:15)

A very popular type of time lapse is one that shows behind the scenes of a photo shoot.

Lesson 8: Creating a Time Lapse in Lightroom: Part 1 (Duration 07:04)

There is a third-party plug-in for Lightroom called LRTimelapse that allows you to render the time lapse movie with Lightroom.

Lesson 9: Creating a Time Lapse in Lightroom: Part 2 (Duration 08:51)

The next step in the process is editing the key frames back in Lightroom.

Lesson 10: Creating a Time Lapse in Lightroom: Part 3 (Duration 05:46)

The final step in the process is the actual rendering of the video file.

Lesson 11: Using a Rail System (Duration 04:01)

A rail system allows you to add an entirely new axis of motion to your time lapse.

Lesson 12: Time Lapse at Night (Duration 04:45)

Creating a time lapse at night is very similar to creating one during the day, but there are a few differences to be aware of before you start.

Lesson 13: Holy Grail of Time Lapse (Duration 04:19)

One of the most challenging types of time lapse is one that spans a wide range of exposure values, such as going from day to night.

Lesson 14: Building the Holy Grail Time Lapse: Part 1 (Duration 11:25)

Now that you have the sequence of images you can bring them into LRTimelapse and it will blend the bumps in exposure for a smooth final result.

Lesson 15: Building the Holy Grail Time Lapse: Part 2 (Duration 08:33)

The second part of the process is to deal with color issues before rendering the video.

Meet Your Instructor: Tom Bol

Creative. Outgoing. Detailed. Funny. This is how clients describe Tom and his crew. His career began with a journalism degree and wanderlust. It continues with portraits, edgy light and restless…

5 Comments

  1. Hi. I've been shooting a couple of timelapse-videos. I've done my post work in Lr5 and I'm trying to put them together in Pscs6. It works fine and I can add music - no problem, but with only one set of files. I've been trying for about an hour or two now, but I can't figure out how to do it. I simply don't understand how to merge my videos together. When I add my second set of pictures, it add it self as a single foto, and not a set. I've changed number on the files, giving them new names. I've tried to add new media, a second video group. But, nothing works out. I just dont know what to do. So, can you please help me. Maybe do a video on this problem? Thanks anyway! Tom L. Nilsen

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