A Start To Finish Tutorial for Creating Amazing Day To Night Time-Lapses

Time-lapses are a right of passage for photographers, but they're an incredibly deep area. While a basic time-lapse is fairly straightforward and achievable with just a modern camera, more complex, cinematic productions require some know-how in both camera setup and post-production.

When I first started photography, time-lapses were far trickier than they are today; I needed an intervalometer and dedicated software for compiling the images. However, as is often the case, technology has made this easier with every passing year, and now most modern cameras have a built-in intervalometer that's better than most of the standalone options 15 years ago.

While there are a lot of interesting time-lapse techniques, one of the standout methods is a day-to-night transition. That is, your time-lapse begins while it is daytime and captures the sunset, all the way through the nightfall, or vice-versa. Again, 15 years ago or more, this required a lot of manual input as the settings changed drastically and the cameras' auto and guided modes were not always comprehensive enough to do the best job. Now the latest Canon, Nikon, and Sony cameras have complex intervalometer software. That said, it still requires some understanding of how to set it up in-camera, and then the post-production requires some effort to create the best results.

In this video, Drew Geraci goes through how he creates stunning day-to-night time-lapses from start to finish.

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Robert K Baggs is a professional portrait and commercial photographer, educator, and consultant from England. Robert has a First-Class degree in Philosophy and a Master's by Research. In 2015 Robert's work on plagiarism in photography was published as part of several universities' photography degree syllabuses.

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Thanks for sharing mate! Recently just dabbled into Timelapse and its a steep learning curve with DaVinci Resolve and this is great.
Did i miss the part where you were going to talk about how you approach flicker?