A beginners guide to time-lapse photography.

Time-lapse photography is a method where you take pictures of processes that goes very slowly with relatively long time interval, and then join the photographs to a movie so that jou can see the progress in very fast forward. You've probably seen this method being used on the National Geographics Channel or in some other fauna documentary, where you see a plant grow from a seed to a happy plant in a matter of seconds.

It only takes 5 minutes to set op a time-lapse photography studio. In this tutorial the object you're going to photograph is a thirsty, hanging indoor plant. Most plants only take a few hours to recover from a dehydration, and seeing a plant rise and look healty from a pathetic dry state is impressive. Other objects of time-lapse photography could be a cloudy sky, a burning candle (under observation), letting fruits rot and many more objects.

Here's what you need for this tutorial:

What you need for time lapse photography
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Here's what you do: 1. Go to my download section and download the time-lapse tool. Though i love Apple computers, I've programmed the software for the Windows platform. That's because webcams in general are poorly supported on the Apple platform.

2. Place the camera in front of the thirsty plant.

3. Start up my time-lapse software, set the interval to around 20 sec's and press "start"

4. Give the plant a good portion of water and let the plant recover for a few hours.

5. Open your favorite video editor suite and convert the images to a video. If you don't have any video editing tools I'd recommend Slide Show Movie Maker for Windows (http://www.joern-thiemann.de/tools)

After joining the pictures to a movie you should end up with something like this:

A video of the joined pictures
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I've allso made a video of a burning candle. This video is really cool, but it's a 20 mb download. Download it here

Hope this guide turns out usefull. Let me know if you have any questions. Happy photographing!