Parental &/or carer help with this project is recommended.
So what is time lapse photography? ..it's basically placing a camera on a tripod & timing it to take snaps from one position over the course of seconds, minutes, hours or days, weeks, months & even a YEAR!
Then the photos are sped up to make a moving image film of what passed in front of it's lens..
Take a look at these amazing films of timelapse photography filmwork by an expert.
He uses a tiny train type track to help take his shots (because normally timelapse cameras do not move at all)..
You might have been lucky enough to see what TSO photography spends months filming in some very strange places, if not have a look & afterward we'll check out some simple timelapse you can try!
Videos are best viewed in HD mode via his vimeo page, click the video & allow it 20 seconds to load up so you can watch it without it pausing!
To get started try setting a camera (with an adults help) to take a photo every 15 seconds, that way after 30 minutes you would have 120 pictures (frames) of footage, ..if those were then set to play back at 12 frames (fps) per second you would have the 30 minutes "time lapse" in just TEN seconds!
We found this FREE app for Android phones, Lapse It • Time Lapse • Lite, (not everyone has a digital camera or an i-phone) ..which you might like to experiment with...
Get creative, think simple, & get help & permission from adults so people know not to move the camera, & not to answer it if you are using a phone camera, ..also a good idea to turn off the vibrate mode!
This free version doesn't have as many extras as the £1.99 version, but it's good enough for a cub or beaver film fun project ...I'm going to use it to try & get my next cub badge, I've already done stop motion (elsewhere on the blog) with another free app, so this time i'm going to play with timelapse & see what I can come up with...
Below are 3 screenshots from a phone, they can be uploaded onto a computer afterwards....but that's a different skill to learn Why not team up with an adult or carer & try out a film or two!?
It can count towards a badge for Cubs & Scouts too! ..but above all it's very good fun!
Don't forget to bring your film to us at 1st Ramsey so we can see your masterpiece.
No special equipment needed ..just a camera phone! ..project cost "FREE"