How to deflicker a timelapse with LRTimelapse

What you'll learn

1.Understand the basics of using LRTimelapse
2.Learn how to deflicker a timelapse with LRTimelapse and Adobe Lightroom
3.Learn how to export a timelapse through LRTimelapse

Sometimes your timelapse doesn’t go according to plan and you end up with varying exposure values, creating a less than enjoyable viewing experience. Thanks to tools like LRTimelapse, a flickering timelapse doesn’t have to mean a wasted timelapse venture.

What you'll need

  • A set of timelapse stills
  • A computer
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • LRTimelapse

A bit of theory

Flickering in timelapses – meaning the exposure of your photos varying, resulting in the end timelapse clip changing from light to dark to light rapidly – is a great inconvenience when creating timelapses. Thankfully there are a few ways you can help to reduce this flicker.

First of all, do not use automatic settings. Automatic settings are too reactive and will change your aperture or other settings so much that your end timelapse clip will be a mess of lighter and darker images.

Despite shooting on full manual mode, you can still end up with flicker in your final timelapse clip caused by your aperture. Shooting on a wider aperture can help to reduce this.

Some photographers use the lens twist method to reduce flicker, although this method is a little more advanced.

For the times when the above techniques are impractical for what you’re shooting, your best bet might be to try and fix the flickering in post production. Software such as LRTimelapse uses keyframes and average light readings to create consistent exposures across a set of images.

Getting prepared

Deflicker workflow