Read up on our timelapse research here: Building a 3-Storey House: A Timelapse Adventure pt. 1
Remember, timelapse films are trial and error affairs. If you’re doing it for the first time, expect to fail on your first try. You’ll get better with practice and patience!
Many people think the important elements in outdoor timelapse videography are a stable tripod or a wide angle lens or some other gear. What the beginners fail to realize until its too late is that the weather is the most important factor in a successful outdoor timelapse project.
Our hot and humid weather can dehydrate you fast. It can burn up your skin and even give you a heatstroke even if you just expose yourself for a brief period. So don’t downplay the importance of sun block!
As we embark on our own timelapse project, let us share with you some of the essential ingredients in producing a successful project. The gadget that is instrumental in timelapse is the intervalometer. The intervalometer lets you take stills at an automatic frequency of your choice. For example, it will remotely snap a pic every 10 seconds. It controls your camera via a cable. Intervalometers are fairly easy to operate.
There’s no need for heavy video tripods with fluid heads here. A simple, sturdy photography tripod will do. If you’re shooting images in JPG then you’ll need just a couple of 16GB CF or SDHC cards.
So much for the gear, now for your person. Don’t forget the sun block and the hat. Make sure you are constantly hydrated so get some bottled water. Sunglasses are a luxury but if you’re going to be under the sun for long stretches, it won’t hurt to bring a pair.
Remember, timelapse films are trial and error projects. If you’re doing it for the first time, expect to fail on your first try. You’ll get better with practice and patience!