Our friend Panos used Triggertrap to construct his awesome timelapse video, Greek Skies. If you’ve not seen it yet, do go and watch it! The entire project was a serious undertaking, and as you can imagine, Panos has amassed a wealth of knowledge in the process. He’s been kind enough to share some of that with us. Here you can find Panos' tips and tricks he learnt along the way. To get a behind-the-scenes view of the project, check out the full interview with him, here.
Do you have any top timelapse tips or essential gear recommendations?
- Perhaps the first and most important thing to remember is that you should never give up your goal. Yes you can give up the plan but never the goal. If you give up, no one will do it for you, or come and help you. You have to get up, go out there, and do what it takes. Sure, you’ll make mistakes, but that’s a part of the process. Whatever you might believe in, have a bit of faith!
- Make sure that all of your gear is clean: clean lenses, clean sensors, clean filters. Clean everything.
- Check the batteries for all your devices. Battery banks can be a good investment for long shoots. Remember that batteries drain faster in the cold, too.
- If you’re shooting at night, make sure that you’re in position and set up before the sun goes down. You don’t want to arrive and someone else has pinched your spot, and you want to make sure that your vision matches the reality, too.
- Once everything is set, make sure you put anything that you don’t need for the duration of the shoot back in the car. You don’t want to risk leaving behind any expensive gear, or dropping or treading on it in the dark.
- Depending on the conditions, you need somewhere to shelter (whether that’s from cold, wind, or sun) and safe from any predators that might be close by. Take adequate precautions and don’t leave anything to chance. Ideally, go out with someone else. If you can’t do that, at least make sure that someone you trust knows where you are and what you’re doing.
- Have something to keep yourself occupied while your timelapse sequence is shooting. Whether it is work, reading a book, maintaining your social media presence, or planning your next shoot, put the time to good use.
- Keep a notebook with you to record the exact details of your shoot, for example geolocation, sunrise and sunset times that day, the set of the Milky Way, star details, and the weather.
- Check on your setup every 15 minutes, to ensure that nothing has stopped or gone wrong.
- Take food and water for longer than you think you’ll be out shooting. You never know what might happen. This includes splitting your water into several bottles. Once I lost my only bottle over the side of a cliff. I learned that lesson the hard way!
- After doing all work then it is time for some fun. If the weather is good or you are by the sea, maybe have a swim? You can also play with light painting, shoot some behind the scenes frames, or walk around get some fresh air and when bored watch a movie.