What you'll learn
1. How to take your timelapse to the next level using multiple camera angles
2. How you can using lighting to enhance your timelapse
3. How to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hut
Timelapse is really fun, but we think this little tutorial is even more fun!
What you need
- A watertight container to freeze your ice in
- Something to catch water from the melting ice
- A freezer
- Two tripods
- Two cameras
- Two intervalometers - Such as a Triggertrap Mobile kit, with the Triggertrap Timelapse Pro app already installed on our smart device
- And some lighting - We're using LEDs but torches, or even desk lamps, would work fine.
A little bit of theory
Shooting a simple timelapse is fun, but it can be even better if you can step things up a gear. Using multiple cameras to capture different angles adds an extra dimension to your timelapse and also makes telling a story that bit easier. The theory for this technique is very similar to our timelapse basics tutorial, except you'll need to think a little more about your framing and camera angles, then add in some lighting to bring out highlights of your scene.
Using multiple cameras allows you to easily create a more exciting narrative within your timelapse. You'll want to think about the framing and angle of each of your shots. For example, you'll probably want to have one camera with a wide enough lens to capture your entire scene. Your second camera is where you have the opportunity to be creative. We suggest using a tight framing for your second shot, and you'll probably also want to shoot from a different angle. This could be from the side of your subject, top down on the subject, and so on. The important thing is to remember to make your second shot look different enough to be worthwhile.
Next up is the lighting! You might want to read up on simple two point and three point lighting techniques as these will be a great starting point for your timelapse. In our tutorial example , we'll be using a two point lighting set up.
The finished setup
Add your block of ice!
Now you're all ready to go, add your frozen figure.
Check the framing and focus on both cameras
Check the cameras are properly focused on the ice
Start the intervalometer
As soon as you're ready to start the timelapse, hit the start button on your intervalometer. Try not to move the cameras whilst the timelapse is being recorded as this will be really easy to see in the final clip.
Once your ice has melted and you have your images, you'll be able to assemble the photos into a timelapse!