From photography to timelapse videography with Alexander Chin


One of our favourite timelapse-o-graphers has been having so much fun with his Triggertrap kit that he has decided to share his carefully developed and super useful techniques with you.

We spoke with Alex Chin a little while ago when we first noticed his striking timelapse work and realised that - to our delighted surprise - he was using a Triggertrap v1 as his intervalometer. Since then Alexander has been experimenting with his timelapse techniques, improving the quality of his work and throwing in the odd curveball like the cheeky number below:

A lot of Alex's timelapses come with equipment descriptions on his Vimeo or technique and trial and error commentary via his website, but until very recently he hadn't taken us fully behind the scenes to witness his timelapse technique. You can imagine our CEO Haje's feeling that Christmas and birthday had come at once when a fruitful conversation between himself and Mr Chin resulted in a behind-the-scenes video all about timelapse featuring Triggertrap v1 as an important element of Alexander's work.

In the video below, Alexander walks us through his process of making a timelapse video from initial research to the end processing. This behind-the-scenes video is packed full of tried and tested methods and choices that have taken Alexander from keen photographer to brilliant timelapse videographer and editor.

Alexander Chin's guide to making a timelapse

Part 1: Production

  1. Do your research. Decide what you want the subject or location of your timelapse to be. It's important to either visit the location beforehand or use a tool like Google Street View to work out where you can set up your camera and tripod.
  2. Choose your kit. You will need a camera, tripod and an intervalometer such as Triggertrap Mobile, or a Triggertrap v1.
  3. Set up in your location. When you arrive on your location, set up your camera and tripod, select your exposure settings in your camera and connect your intervalometer. Select your timelapse interval. Alex shoots in RAW.
  4. Sit back and relax whilst your camera does its thing. Reading material optional.

Part 2: Post Processing

  1. Start with HDR. After uploading the images to his computer, Alex drops them in to SNS-HDR Pro to increase their dynamic range and make his work really pop.
  2. Further editing. You may want to use a separate program such as Adobe's Lightroom to bulk edit any other necessary changes to your work.
  3. Compile your timelapse. There are a wide range of video editing and timelapse-specific programs out there that you can do this with. Alex prefers to use Adobe's Premier Pro.
  4. Add in other video elements. Such as an introduction, end credits, any other text, music, and - if you are using multiple clips - any necessary transitions.
  5. Export video and publish to the internet! Because if you've put this much time into your creation, it must be something worth sharing.

And the rest, dear timelapse fans, is up to you. Here's one final slice of video editing inspiration from Alex:

Oh, one last thing. Don't forget to share your excellent timelapse creations with us on Primelapse.com!

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