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Timelapse Photography: A Complete Guide (Fujifilm X-T3 Tutorial)

September 8, 2019

I’m gonna show you today how to do
time-lapse photography Fujifilm xt3 camera right here in Jekyll Island
Hold’em five out of seven of the world’s species of sea turtles in fact along
this Beach they’re actually laying their eggs
it’s amazing place roll intro I originally was gonna shoot the whole
thing at Jekyll Island Georgia the problem was there were so many sea
turtles camped out laying eggs they get disturbed with noise and I it it just
didn’t feel right you know to be standing there on the beach going hi
welcome to pail detected so I decided to come back to the studio but when I got
back to the studio and I was gonna record the studio segment I realized
that I’ve got to get somewhere where there’s cars and traffic and people to
really test out time lapse in those conditions so I needed to go to a big
city and shoot some city stuff at night really demoing and showing the
time-lapse photography features for the xt3 and xt2 so I went to Washington DC
well anyway I’ll see you in a sec okay I’m here in the National Mall Washington
DC testing out the Fujifilm xt3 shooting time-lapse photography and I’m going to
start with an awesome sunset tonight and also I can’t believe I’m back so I was
in DC I was shooting time-lapse it was great and I suddenly noticed two
problems the first was camera flicker which I’ll talk about in a minute and
the second was this weird sensor cleaning issue that kept popping up so I
thought something was wrong with a camera long story short I had to get
back to the studio with all my lenses and all my tools and things that I can
test it in a consistent environment because I want to report out to you
everything that I noticed with time lapse so oh this is like a real-life
time lapse back and forth so here’s what we gonna do we’re at a time lapse
backwards we’ll do a short version of the intro
and we’ll get right into it and let’s do the whole thing in the studio here like
I normally do how does this happen Jekyll Island DC you know yeah I need
more coffee welcome to the pal 2 tech show on
today’s episode is time-lapse photography using the Fujifilm xt 2 or
xt 3 there’s a few camera settings you need to make with the xt 2 where XT 3 to
get it camera ready to shoot time-lapse the first thing you need to do is turn
off oh is flip this switch right here to the off position the reason for this is
you’re going to be using a tripod and you really don’t want any camera shake
whatsoever including possibility of OIS so turn off oh is the second thing you
want to do is set the shutter to single shot set it to single shot right here
the next thing you want to do is go into your menu into IQ and set your image
size now here’s the kicker what you want to do is you want to set it to 16 by 9
the reason you want to do that is because those are the dimensions for
video for common video frame size is 16 by 9 and if you set it to 16 by 9 in the
camera you’re not gonna have to deal with a lot of cropping it will be
dimensionally what it should be the second thing is image quality I
recommend you shoot fine and raw that way you have JPEGs and raw however time
lapse is going to give you a lot of pictures and it’s going to take up a lot
of SD card space so if you’re on the fence about it you’re not sure at the
minimum shoot RAW and with time-lapse particularly with going from you know
dark to sunrise or sunset you’re gonna need that extra latitude that raw can
give you however if you don’t have a lot of space on your SD card or you don’t
want to deal with raw you can certainly use JPEG for time-lapse photography in
that case if you are going to use JPEG make sure that you put it in fine and
not normal then raw recording I recommend lossless compressed you’re
going to be getting a lot of these files and for time-lapse I think lossless
compressed would be the best choice it cuts down on the file size without any
loss in image quality for your time okay so there’s one more setting change
you need to make and you need to disable sensor cleaning between your shots trust
me on this one I’ll get into it a little bit why you need to do this you go down
to the little wrench user setting sensor cleaning and then make sure that both of
these values are switched to off for both of them they should both say off
click okay all right so now you got your camera setup the next thing you need to
do is ask yourself the three big questions number one what do you want to
shoot a time-lapse of you know clouds people sunsets that kind of thing number
two how long do you want your final time-lapse video to be and number three
what frame rate will your final video be I think for starting out you should try
and shoot clouds moving you could even test it out shooting ice
melting in a glass that’s what I did and when you know that you’ve got to
remember this the faster moving the subject is in your photos the shorter
the time between your shots you need to allocate for and the slower moving say
you want to shoot at the Sun moving across the sky that’s slower moving than
a bunch of people walking around the street if people are walking around the
street and you’re shooting kind of a cityscape you’re gonna want the camera
to be going do you know faster faster then if you’re trying to shoot the Sun
going across the sky then you’re gonna have it a little bit slower so it’s
gonna be you know chink like that and we’ll go over that so here are the times
I recommend if you’re shooting moving traffic and cars and people I recommend
one second interval between shots if you’re shooting moving clouds sunsets
and sunrises I would go for two to four seconds roughly maybe even five seconds
for that if you’re shooting the Sun going across the sky you might want to
go for fifteen to thirty seconds so that’s kind of you know the rough
average and again if you’re shooting something that is gonna go on for a
really long time like say a construction project maybe five to fifteen minutes
but in those cases you’re gonna need special equipment that’s outside the
scope of this basic video we’re going to be discussing another thing too
about the time between your shots the interval in time-lapse photography
shorter is better you can always edit out extra images or speed up the video
and post but if you if you have too big of a gap between your shots you know
once you go and you’re finished you’ve left location you go back and you’re
editing you can’t get that extra footage if it’s jerky you know what I mean so I
would err on the side of short duration between the shots 1 2 seconds if you
think it might be 5 shoot – you’re only limited by the memory card size that you
have so the next thing is how long is the video of your time-lapse well I
think 10 seconds is a good length for a time-lapse video I think you know let’s
aim for 10 seconds that’s a good average so now you have 10 seconds that’s your
length what’s your final video frame rate video obviously has how many frames
per second for most web video it’s 30 frames a second I know the PAL system in
Europe uses 25 frames a second however cinema movies they use 24 frames a
second and I recommend that you go with 24 frames a second let’s say you want a
10-second time-lapse that you will be putting in a 24 frames per second movie
what you do is you multiply the length in seconds by the frame rate so and I
hate math okay I’m terrible at math but stay with me stay with me on this one
all right so you have 24 frames a second that’s gonna be your final movie all
right high or thirty whatever you choose so let’s say 24 frames a second that’s
your final movie times you want a 10-second video you’re making 10 second
time less okay so 24 frames a second times 10 that’s you’re gonna need to
shoot 240 photos you’re multiplying your final frames per second by how many
seconds your video you want it to be so 24 times 10 gives you 240 photos so the
next question you have to ask is well how long do I have to sit there while
the cameras taking the pictures what’s the what’s the duration you know is it
an hour is it 30 minutes is it 10 minutes how long do I have to stand
there and let the camera shoot the time-lapse as I said let’s say you’re
shooting class with five seconds between shots so your
durations five seconds in that case you multiply five seconds by that 240 photos
and you get 1200 that’s how many seconds it will take for the camera to finish
shooting to give you a 10-second time-lapse video I take it a step
further and I divide 1200 which is the number of seconds I divide that by 60
and that’s how many minutes I have to stand there next to the camera while
it’s shooting but you know what I don’t even worry about shooting time a whole
lot because for example you don’t have to in a lot of cases if you’re shooting
sunsets you know when the Sun sets times over you know you don’t I mean you could
turn the camera off at that point so you know you don’t get too hung up
with this what is the equipment needed in the field to do time-lapse obviously
you need a camera bare minimum I would recommend is 64 gigabyte memory card i I
think 120 gigs would be better but at minimum I think 64 and I’ll put links
down below to the ones that I use and recommend but that’s what I suggest I
would not go 16 gig cards time lapse you’re gonna get a lot of pictures 10
minutes 5 seconds 240 pictures so a 64 gig card is good the second thing I
recommend equipment wise is the battery grip and I see youtubers and other
articles they’ll say you know make sure you bring extra batteries yeah but you
can’t change the batteries when you’re shooting in the middle of a time-lapse
you can’t touch the camera once you turn that camera on that’s it so I strongly
recommend if you have a battery grip put it on the camera put two batteries in it
plus one in the camera that’s three batteries that should do you find if you
don’t have the battery grip then in that case do the best you can with what you
have and remember when it’s cold outside it’s gonna chew through batteries even
faster okay if you’re shooting anything involving the Sun such as a sunset
sunrise etc make sure you get yourself an app for your phone that shows you
where the Sun will appear lastly you want to use a wide-angle lens such as a
16 millimeter and the reason for that is with time-lapse photography you want to
have as much of the scenery in the frame as possible that way you can see the
cloud moving in different areas and things
like that plus it gives you latitude when you’re editing it in video to kind
of zoom in and pull out and make those effects so you don’t want a tight crop
you don’t want it you know a zoom lens zoomed all the way in you want to use as
wide an angle lens as you possibly can and one more item that you must must
have for gear is a tripod and a sturdy tripod actually not one of these this is
a really nice travel tripod I love this tripod however for time-lapse
photography the older bigger clunkier heavier old-school tripods are best you
want something that’s rock-solid in the case of this one
you know I was actually able to hang something from this little hook right
here this type of lightweight travel tripod is not a good idea for time lapse
if you can avoid it if that’s the only one you have that’s the only one you
have and that was the case with me but if you have a huge old clunky heaviest
heck tripod laying around that’s the one you
want any movement at all is gonna screw up your shot it’s got to be drop dead
still we’re gonna have some special tips for beaches and sunsets and sunrises and
I learned these tips when I was in Jekyll Island Georgia first off things
move very quickly when you’re on a beach shooting a sunrise very quickly the Sun
starts coming up and you just don’t have time so get there early
get your stuff I mean get there 45 minutes before that Sun is supposed to
get up there that’s minimum minimum the second thing is shoot slightly
underexposed because once that Sun comes up everything gets real bright real fast
the other thing is is the one that I really found out where clothes that have
a lot of pockets you know when you’re on the beach there’s nowhere to put
anything and the last thing you want to do is put little things like lens
filters or batteries you don’t want to put them on the sand you need clothes
that have a lot of pockets for the beach and then watch for changing tides ok
don’t set your time-lapse up too close to the ocean on one hand you want to be
as close as you can to the ocean because you don’t want people who might be
walking along the beach too walk in front of your shot so if you’re
close to the ocean hopefully they’ll go behind you but if you’re too close to
the ocean and the tides are coming in half way through your time lapse you’re
gonna get your camera smacked with water yet not good all right you’re at your
location you’ve got your camera on your tripod you are already the Sun is about
to come up you’re ready to go what you need to do now is start your time-lapse
process and what you do is you go into your menu and you go up to the camera
interval timer shooting right there and the first menu item right here is the
most important that’s the one where you set the interval the time between the
shots I’m gonna say every three seconds so you set it right here the next one
just leave on the infinity icon right here don’t put it a number at all okay
you will tell the camera when the cameras finished
that’s all this means so you don’t want to tell the camera in advance how many
to take and then to stop taking them you might want to have them longer and if
since you’re gonna be standing there anyway with the camera or nearby you’ll
just turn the camera off when it’s done so always leave it on infinity don’t
worry about this one and then the next one over and what you’re doing is you’re
using the menu to go here and then press it again
you get this screen this is the start waiting time I just started immediately
but you could set it to start you know 10 minutes from now that kind of thing
sometimes if you’re in a hotel say and you want to shoot some time-lapse in the
middle of the night you can get this set up to start you know 2 hours after you
go to bed kind of cool you aim it out the window at night but for the most
part you can just say zero and the minute you press the menu’ okay button
the camera is going to start the time-lapse process okay
now remember I told you earlier about turning off the sensor cleaning feature
here’s what happened I was in Washington DC I was set up and I had about 11 to 12
seconds duration between time-lapse shots and what I noticed with the
Fujifilm xt3 was that after a certain period of time of the duration the
camera shuts off the actually turns off so I think it was
roughly between 8 and 10 seconds of your duration between your time-lapse shots
is between 8 and 10 seconds the camera will actually turn off and then turn
back on to take the next time lapse shot but the problem is if your duration is
say 12 seconds and the camera turns off at 10 seconds it’s also doing a sensor
clean and I thought I didn’t see it was really going off what was happening was
the camera was imma show you some video I was watching it it would go into
sensor cleaning mode while I was testing ice-melting it was going into sensor
cleaning mode and I thought there must be something wrong why is this camera
going into sensor cleaning mode and I realized it’s because the camera was
turning off and then coming back on so quickly that I didn’t really catch that
it was even turning off it was just going into sensor cleaning mode and then
take another time lapse and then temp sensor cleaning mode and take another
time lapse and sensor cleaning alone and that take that 6 times fast I thought it
was broken so anyway don’t go through my pain
turn off that sensor cleaning thing when you’re doing your time lapse and then
you could turn it back on again when you’re done I need to talk to you now
about Flickr because that is the biggest challenge with any time lapse
photography have a look here I shot this there it is indeed see do you see it
flickering look at that look at the sky okay look at the sky and it’s like it
just it doesn’t look good Flickr is a real problem for time-lapse photography
now there’s three types of time-lapse flickr
there’s aperture flicker shutter flicker and camera exposure setting change
flicker all right let’s deal with all three of these aperture flicker this is
the most interesting one of all so when you shoot time-lapse photography you
want your camera to be completely in manual mode so here’s the thing about
aperture flicker even if you manually set the
aperture on your camera to say f/8 every time the camera takes a picture it goes
you know right but when it goes when it comes back to do another one it doesn’t
always always perfectly scientifically structurally exactly stop at F
hey sometimes it’s F seven point nine nine nine nine nine other times it’s F
eight point zero one right it’s and when you’re taking still pictures you don’t
notice this but time lapse is so picky that unless it’s f/8 and always f/8
every single time not seven point nine and not 8.1 but f8f8f8 or f five point
six or F eleven or F whatever if it’s not like that
that’s what causes the flicker because it’s it’s let it just let me in just a
little bit more like just a little bit or a little bit less and so that’s the
problem so the solution to this is to use a manual lens not a fuji lens but a
manual lens that goes on the fuji camera that the fuji camera is not
communicating with and you set the f-stop on the manual lens to say f/8 and
then it stays in FA again because the camera is not talking to the lens at all
so that is a really good solution if you have a manual lens that’s not Fuji use
that for time lapse if you only have fujinon lenses with this camera then
what I recommend there’s two things you can do first
don’t shoot with a smaller aperture than f/8 so the wider the aperture you go
with the better but remember the wider the aperture the less stuff in frame
will be in focus so you’ve got to balance that out I would say a nice
rough average for you would be tried at F 5.6 okay
so again don’t do it over f/8 or you will see that flicker okay so the second
thing you can do is that kind of a thing called lens twisting and what lens
twisting is it’s actually disconnecting the lens from the camera just a little
bit so that the lens is still on and still able to work right you just able
to focus and take the shot but what you do is it disconnects it so you hold down
this button right here and you turn let’s just that’s it just a little bit
of a turn and what happens is it goes zero you see that here I’ll turn the
lens again there now it’s on you see now Fugees talking to the lens but if I hold
down the button and I turn just a little bit there there okay now I’ve tried this
with different fujinon lenses and some lenses it
just will not work with for example the 90 millimeter it will not work however I
did notice it worked okay with a 35 millimeter that is an option you can try
don’t try that on your only shoot in Iceland you know do it at home first
test it out but those would be your two options once again don’t go any smaller
than f/8 and try the lens twist method okay I’m gonna show you a demo that I
took with this lens right here the fujinon 35 millimeter 2.0 prime both
images as you can see right here were shot with this lens same duration same
lighting same everything however the only difference that between the two was
on one of them I had the lens fully connected on the other one I did the
twist method so have a look at this and as you can see look at that you see the
flickering you see the flickering right there clear as day the image on the left
is disconnected from the camera the image on the right had a firm manual set
f-stop – it doesn’t matter I still got flicker from that variation
that I explained to you so try it out however if it’s not working for you I
strongly recommend at the very least tried anyway shooting with a minimum
aperture of f28 okay the second type of flicker that
you’re gonna get is called shutter flicker so generally the higher the
shutter speed the less accurate the camera is at having the exact same
exposure between identical shots so you want to shoot with a slow shutter speed
as possible and the third kind of problem that can lead to flicker is
camera exposure flicker that’s easy to fix
you must shoot in all manual mode all the time okay now there’s one major
gotcha here automatic white balance you need to turn that off so the camera is
not looking and trying to adjust the white balance you just go into here
white balance into here and make sure that white balance is not set to auto do
not set it to auto set it to one of the other ones make a custom one or choose
something else but if it’s an auto you’re going to increase the likelihood
of having differences but between the shots a handy way to think
of all this okay yes and I just made this up just now to make Flickr go away
stay away from the a-ok that we have poetry here on pallets to
make Flickr go away stay away from the a meaning don’t have an a on the top don’t
have an a here don’t have an a here it needs to be in all manual mode no a no
automatic okay once you’re all finished shooting your time lapse you need to get
those photos off your SD card and onto your computer
probably Lightroom since most of you are using that so we’re gonna go with that
right now you bring them into Lightroom simply import them in you’ll see them
all appear here now particularly if you’re using RAW files you can edit them
and kind of bring up the exposure and do whatever you want it’s kind of a nice
thing about shooting raw you get a lot more latitude than JPEG I recommend if
you’re shooting a sunrise or a sunset to pick a photo in the middle of the bunch
to do your edits to and the reason why is because if you pick the first one the
light changes so much you kind of want to average that out so I pick like right
in the middle boom the middle shot right here kind of you know halfway between
the beginning of the event and the end of the event boom I go into the develop
module here it is you know you can edit the picture you can bring up your
exposure you know D haze a little bit whatever you want to do get it set and
once you’re done with that then you’re going to copy the settings from this one
photo to your others very simple to do you select this photo right here as you
can see down here and then what I do is I then once it’s selected I go all the
way to the beginning hold down the shift key and click the very first picture so
it selects all these photos you see that and then I copy the settings from the
one photo I was just working on to all of those photos just before it and the
way you do that is you click the sync button and basically I would check all
of these and I would click synchronize the only thing you need to be careful of
is if you do any spot adjustments with the adjustment brush make sure that you
turn that off and then just click sync and it will go ahead and synchronize the
edits that you made to that one photo to all the other photos okay so the next
thing you want to do is you have that picture you were editing selected you
then go to the front end of it and then select all these by holding down shift
clicking sync up comes this dialog box and then go ahead and click on
synchronize once you have all your photos looking like you like them you
need to export them command a or ctrl way select them all and then I simply
right click export so you’re gonna export to your hard drive we’ll just put
it on the desktop we’ll call it I don’t know demo time-lapse ok so what’s
important here is I like to tick the rename check box and select file name
sequence that way it will put a number a numerical number after each photo in
sequential order you’re gonna need that if you’re gonna edit these and turn them
into a video from Photoshop okay so the image format can be JPEG however if you
choose TIFF what’s nice is you can select 16 to 8 bit choose 16 bit for
video and you’ll get a slightly higher quality but for most of you go ahead and
select JPEG sRGB color space sharpened for screens standard is fine you know
you can decide if you want to remove or include the metadata and then that’s it
and you click export at that point you’re going to have all of your photos
ready to go as JPEGs and at this point you need to stitch them together into a
movie there’s two ways while there’s a lot of ways to do it
the first way is to use Photoshop I don’t like using Photoshop for this I
found that it’s it’s kind of clunky so I don’t use it but I’m going to show you a
real fast way to do it in case Photoshop is all you have so with Photoshop open
you go to file open and you browse to where you have your photos and remember
when I told you you wanted to have them in sequential order this is why you
click on the very first one in the sequence you click the options and you
tick the box that says image sequence that’s all you got to do Photoshop
as long as you have them in sequential numbering Photoshop will put them in
order so click on open and what it’s gonna ask you for is the frame rate
choose 24 for the most cinematic frame rate or 30 if that’s what you want to do
I choose 24 click OK and here it is and you’ll see you have
the kind of this video display at the bottom if you don’t see that go to
window workspace motion got it window workspace motion go there if you don’t
see these items down below so to export it out into a video that you could share
you simply go to file export render video in the render video dialog box you
need to be sure that Adobe Media encoder is selected not Photoshop image sequence
don’t do that Adobe Media encoder keep all the defaults if you want although
here you can select if you want it to be 2k or 1080 I would say starting off if
you’re using Photoshop for this sort of thing choose 1080 that’s fine HD V 1080
h.264 high quality presets fine and then you simply you know could name it you
know my X my final time-lapse right it’s going to be an mp4 file you click on
render and Photoshop is now going to process the video go get a cup of coffee
or something it takes a while sometimes once it’s all done you will have your
mp4 file which will then play as you can see yeah and this one has that Flickr
issue I told you about but that’s how you can get it out of Photoshop I don’t
like to use Photoshop because it doesn’t have a lot of options so another option
is to purchase a piece of software called LR time-lapse which is a plug-in
for Lightroom very cool piece of software again beyond the scope of this
video to show you how it works and all of that but take a look at the site any
video editor should be able to handle time-lapse sequence of photos on the
timeline I can’t show you every single video editor I’m just going to show you
the one that I love and use Final Cut Pro you open up Final Cut Pro and you
create say a new project okay so name your
project I like to choose 4k but if you don’t want a video that high you can
choose 1080 1080 P right there that would give you 1920 by 1080 I’m gonna go
ahead and choose 4k click OK you have an empty project now you’re going to import
by clicking the import button right here navigating to where you had it there it
is here’s all your pictures so you need to select all your pictures you’re gonna
be bringing them all into Final Cut Pro bring them in ok once you’ve brought
them in you will see each individual picture here what I like to do is
command a select all of them all of the pictures drag them all and drop them
right on the timeline just that simple once you’ve done that they will already
be selected if they are not already selected make sure you select all of
them by doing command a then you want to go and double click click click double
click the time area right here just click click see it turns purple
then press the 1 key on your keyboard 1 what you’re doing is you’re setting each
photo to be 1 frame press return boom you see that let me do that again ok
select all the photos go up to the time here you hear right here while the
photos are selected double click on it click click double click on it then
press the 1 key on your keyboard 1 the number 1 boom so it’s like that then
press return like that you will see these are all your pictures right here
see that you can go through them now if you hit play there you are there’s your
movie and you can take it a step further if you want to zoom in and kind of do
like fake motion you can select all of these right click new compound clip and
create it into a what’s called a compound clip so once it’s selected you
can apply kind of a panning out kind of cool thing so you go into the crop area
right here choose Ken burn and you know we can start maybe right at
the Lincoln Memorial right there we’ll finish maybe where this is right here
and then simply click done and it creates the right keyframes now watch
what happens when we play it back so now you have motion in your time-lapse
without buying you know a $10,000 motion control system but I’ll have a link
below so anyway that’s how that works and then you would simply export it and
you can do things like change the duration speed up the clip slow it down
and so on and so forth that’s how I did the Sun Rise clip in the beginning of
this video okay here are my tips and strategies to get the best time-lapse
photos that you possibly can number one plan ahead and arrive early you know
before going to Iceland shoot a time-lapse and back at home do a test
okay very very very important you do that check the weather check the
location of the Sun use an app write two shows you where the sun’s gonna be get
to your location at least 45 minutes in advance
get there early and be prepared okay you know let’s take that example of Iceland
it may you know you may be in Iceland for three days but if you’re trying to
shoot that amazing sunrise you’ve really only got twenty minutes times three to
get that that’s an hour so the entire trip of going to Iceland you got one
hour to try and get a good time lapse of the sunrise so you know make sure you
have a large SD card minimum 64 gigs best would be 128 gigs also framing is
more important in time-lapse than ever walk around the area before you just
plop the camera down on the tripod get down low look up high look what’s in
your foreground be aware that you know are you on a path where people might be
walking by plan plan plan it out sturdy tripod as I said before the heavier the
better there cannot be any camera shake
whatsoever use that battery grip time-lapse choose through batteries or
manual wide-angle lens would be best if you don’t have that then use
a wide-angle set your image size to 16 by 9 that is the aspect ratio that you
want set everything to manual that includes white balance use the lowest
ISO that you can get with the widest aperture you can don’t go smaller than
f/8 your shutter speed now remember this your shutter speed should be at least
half the length of the interval that you’re shooting and with some room for
the shot to finish before the next image needs to be taken say you’re shooting
with one second between shots and you set your shutter speed for two seconds
that that won’t work but even if you set it for three-quarters of a second or
half a second you’re cutting it close so remember it’s really important okay
shutter speed needs to be at least half the length of the interval and with some
room for the shot to finish before the next image needs to be taken turnoff
sensor cleaning okay we talked about this turn that thing off I this stumped
me for weeks I’ve ever at least two weeks I couldn’t figure out what was
going on use an ND filter you might want to get yourself an ND filter this will
allow you to drag the shutter by choosing a wider aperture so if you’re
outside in the bright Sun okay you want a wide aperture and you want a slow
shutter speed so your only choice at this point if you’ve gone as low as you
can with your iso v your only choice now is to use an ND filter so definitely
you’ll get a more cinematic softer look aim for about a quarter to a half a
second in broad daylight but you’re gonna have to have that ND filter turn
off image stabilization on the lens once again very important all time-lapse is
done on a tripod so no need to have oh is turned on check your settings then
check them again then check them again and by the way check them again okay
listen I forgot the camera was in the wrong format sixteen by nine I forgot to
have OAS turned off I forgot to have one of their I think it was the shutter
speed was in automatic once you start the time lapse process and that Sun
comes up you can’t you don’t get a do-over
okay let’s you want to come back the next day measure twice cut once I’m
gonna give you a bonus tip if you have another camera with you even
a different brand or whatever even as a point in small little point and shoot
bring it use multiple cameras because you’re just going to be standing there
while the camera is going you may as well use that time to get some really
nice still shots okay so gives you something to do and
it’s also a great fallback in case your time-lapse doesn’t come out okay so if
your time-lapse doesn’t come out it’s you know hey well at least you got some
really nice pictures of location so bring multiple cameras if you can
photography is all about capturing the moment and time lapse what’s what’s just
so incredible about time-lapse is that time-lapse captures all the little
moments and then brings them together into one big moment and if you do it
right the whole will always be greater than the sum of the parts
so give time lapse to try I have my links below as always it has been
awesome talking to you and I can’t wait to see you around this electronic camp
fire again soon take care bye bye


  • Reply oc2phish07 September 6, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    SO envious. I live in the middle of London, England. I have great opportunities for street shooting but so few beaches or wildlife. Ha ha.

  • Reply Steve Jaiden September 6, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Thxs for another awesome video

  • Reply Wayne Trill September 6, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    Yet another great video , it’s great that you are very in-depth thank you sir and please keep it up 👍📸🇮🇪 @wtphoto79

  • Reply Albert Trouble September 6, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    Great video…..the xt3 has so many options and features it is really good if you can cover some more in future videos!!

  • Reply Nikos Chatzikonstantinos September 6, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    thanks for doing this for us, great video .
    .. and my xt3 arrives next week

  • Reply Dennis van Mierlo September 6, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    Thank you for this amazing and very informative video. I never created a time-lapse. But you talked me into it 😄👍

  • Reply musclesakl September 7, 2019 at 4:07 am

    This was so what I wanted and needed ,thank you!

  • Reply Nightmoss September 7, 2019 at 4:13 am

    Another informative and enjoyable video. Thanks for taking the time to share and enlighten us!

  • Reply Jerry Casier September 7, 2019 at 6:05 am

    Great video, thanks 👌. What kind of shutter type is the best: ES or MS or both? 🤔

  • Reply Robert Yanasak September 7, 2019 at 6:19 am

    I always appreciate watching time lapse but never until now, after watching your video, realized I can do it, so thank you very much. I’ll watch it again, just to make a list of what I need to do before going out as well as what I’ll need to do once on site. Having a check list will make all the difference for me until I become familiar with the settings. I just got into astrophotography and now I’ll have this to add to my repertoire. Thanks again. I’ve been shooting since I was a kid of ten. I’m 79 and once again, with the XT1 (converted to IR), XT2 and most recently the XT3, I’m having as much fun as when I first started out. Love the camera and again, loved this video. I’ve been inspired which is a gift in itself.

  • Reply Nitish Sharma September 7, 2019 at 6:35 am

    Awesome video, love the way you take us thru every detail and thanks for the sensor cleaning tip, I’ve suffered myself because of that and now I know how to fix that.

  • Reply Ian Helmcke September 7, 2019 at 6:36 am

    This was so helpful and just in general- awesome! Thanks for another great video!

  • Reply Рустам Абдалимов September 7, 2019 at 7:04 am

    Отличное видео, спасибо за то, что делитесь своим опытом!!! Thank you very much!!!

  • Reply Andy O'Brien September 7, 2019 at 8:26 am

    Great job, I’ve been waiting for an XT3 time lapse tutorial!! 👍

  • Reply victor ferreira September 7, 2019 at 11:10 am

    Super amazing video!! Thank you so much for sharing your tips!!! 5*

  • Reply Laszlo Garamszegi September 7, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Super I will try it!

  • Reply Joep Wilmink September 7, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    great tutorial, thanks a lot! i'm going to sell my canon gear to buy a xt3. keep it going man:)

  • Reply pal2tech September 7, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Time-lapse captures lots of little moments into one incredible moment. I'd love to hear about your experience with time-lapse. It's a surreal part of photography.

  • Reply Scottie Morey September 7, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    Yay! I've been looking forward to your next video and you didn't disappoint. I mean I don't even care about time lapse photography and I watched it all the way thru and totally enjoyed it! lol
    Request: I'm sure you have future subjects planned, but would you add shooting video to the list (if you haven't already)?
    Thanks for the 37ish minutes of education and entertainment! 🙂

  • Reply Tin Amaraz September 7, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Thank you so much for this video, great tutorial, and i love my Fuji XT3 btw.

  • Reply Yousef Al-Asfour September 7, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    A huge thanks for your great illustration 😘😘

  • Reply Sergio MH September 8, 2019 at 6:02 am

    Thank you very much! Great video with a complete set of tips. Awesome!

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