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Timelapse Mode

Lesson 28 from: iPhone Photography & Mobile Photography

Philip Ebiner

Timelapse Mode

Lesson 28 from: iPhone Photography & Mobile Photography

Philip Ebiner

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Lesson Info

28. Timelapse Mode


Class Trailer

Course Introduction


Welcome to Class


Why Are Smartphone Cameras Awesome?


The Course Challenge: Capture Your Day in 5 Photos


Camera Basics for Mobile & Smartphone Photography


Intro to Camera Basics




Focal Length


Lesson Info

Timelapse Mode

Time lapse is one of my favorite things in photography because it mixes my love of photography with video. So while ultimately, the final image is in an image, it's a video. Uh The concept is photography based, you're taking a series of photos that will then be compressed by your phone to make a video. And I think this is a really cool way to show a passage of time to show the movement of people to show the movement of nature. Uh It's just such a cool thing to sit there, be hanging out and you set your camera, it's just taking a photo every few seconds and then you get to stop it, look at it and watch this video, watching the clouds fly by watching um a take off from a airplane. I just, it's such a cool feature that uh our smartphones are capable of doing. So how do you do this though? So you go into time S mode. Um For most smartphones, you can't really adjust too many settings here. But the basic principle is you want to set up the phone to not move now by you know, placing it either...

on a tripod or using something to sort of prop it up, you click, go and then you just don't want to touch it and you leave it there for as long as you want to. Most of the times I find that at least five minutes is needed for a quality time lapse, depending on how much movement is taking place. I love doing time lapses when I'm, uh, taking off in an airplane because you see the airplanes are moving and it starts and it goes and then takes off. And that's really, you know, only several minutes long. We've also used it for watching the clouds pass by and have done it for much longer, closer to 10, even 20 minutes, which I think gives another really cool perspective of the movement of nature. Um, like I said, the only real thing to pay attention to here is that your phone doesn't move too much, but there is to contradict that a whole another way that you can use time lapse and that is hyper lapse. Now, a hyper lapse is same concept. You go to time lapse mode, you hit the shutter button and starts taking photo every so many seconds. Now, what you want to do is keep your phone at the same level at the same height and then slowly walk towards a subject. Now, what is key with this is that you have a specific thing that you're focusing on? So let's say there's a statue off in the distance and you start really far away and you, with each photo takes, you slowly walk towards that image and keeping the phone more or less in the same position when you finish that. And you, you know, you come up and at the end you're looking up at the statue, maybe you do a circle around the statue, you then hit stop and the video will do this hyper lapse. It will look like you're just flying through space and then spinning around the statue. It gives such a cool look. And ultimately, the end result isn't gonna be a photo, it's gonna be a video. And so this is more so used for videographers, but it's a cool tool to use and something that can be fun just to um you know, when watching a sunset or while hanging out somewhere to set up your phone and just practice doing these different time lapses, um getting interested compositions here or paying attention to maybe light moving um create for really dynamic time lapses. So I recommend trying it. It's a fun thing to practice and a really cool thing to share with people after the fact.

Ratings and Reviews


Definitely geared to beginners, but the class has a lot of good information. As an advanced camera photographer still trying to get to know my phone camera better, I learned a few things I didn't know (like you can use portrait mode for selfies, what hyper lapse is and the VSCO app). Nice job!


Good course for everyone starting out and needed to have some more basic info beyond the common snap shot. I had wished for more info on using mobile in the more professional field like when switching from camera to mobile. Additional lenses and flashes and things like that. But this course was obviously not targeted at this. So overall still a nice brush up.


Great class. Well organized and clearly presented. Would be very good for beginners and mid level users. highly recommend.

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