In this post will talk a little about how fun and challenging shooting time lapse can be. For me, doing a time-lapse is something new for me. However, I have been doing much more video work here lately. I haven't had too many opportunities to shoot a nice time-lapse scene. I really didn't want to waste a lot of my time shooting scenes with no real purpose. But, I did have a great opportunity to do a short time-lapse of a sunrise and sunset at Sunset Beach in North Carolina. But first, I needed to do a little studying on how to do a time-lapse with my new Canon 80D camera.
Finding out how to do a time-lapse with my Canon 80D required me to do a little Googling on Google to find a short video or two on how to do a time-lapse. After looking at a couple of tutorials, I found that doing a time-lapse wasn't that difficult. What is difficult to shoot a sunrise time-lapse is getting out of bed very early in the morning to do one. Time-lapse take a lot of time to shoot. However, they are not hard to do. The fact is the camera does all the work. After setting up my camera, all I had to do was sit back and wait for the sunrise and enjoy the show. My sunrise time-lapse was set up to shoot a 4 seconds per shot and the camera would take 320 images for a total of 21 minutes. Time-lapse shots can be much longer. Mine was very short because my goal was to capture the sunrise as it rose above the horizon. My 21 minutes of shooting only provided me with 10 seconds of a time-lapse video. For me, that is all I needed. To see the time-lapse of the Sunset Beach Sunrise visit my Roger Younce Youtube page or click on the image below.
I do plan to do much more videos in the future. I am enjoying doing my still photography and incorporating videos into my work. Videos help to tell a short when combined with beautiful still images. I have learned one great lesson when shooting video. If you can't find a nice image to shoot, shoot video and a lot of "B" roll. Shooting "B" roll is a lot of fun. My advice to any photographer is, if you are not shooting video and you are able to, you are missing out on learning something very valuable and cool. Step out of your comfort zone and develop new creative skills. Photograph all types of images and shoot more video. It will only enhance your creative mind and get those creative juices flowing. I don't believe you can ever get really bored when shooting beautiful images and shooting video. There is always something to photograph and video.
Until next time, keep shooting those stills and videos!