Slow Shutter Time-Lapse: How It’s Done, Son

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OK, Lance Rundstrom over at RigWheels is one of the lowest-key guys I’ve seen, and he’s probably one of the last people who would ever use the word “son” in a teaching moment. He just does a very nice job explaining and showing the value of using a slow shutter speed in time-lapse — along with the “how” using a GH4 [B&H | Amazon], ND filters, and his RigMount X.

I’m still learning how to get time-lapses right. Which is a kind-to-myself way of writing: I capture judder, stutter and flicker pretty much all the time.

I’m working on it.

So I was predisposed to liking Lance’s six minute video on slow shutter time-lapse – even if it is ultimately a very soft product pitch.

You can actually learn something.

Thanks to Lance and the team at RigWheels for putting this vid and companion piece together.

Slow Shutter Time-Lapse & Drive-Lapse Tutorial

Via RigWheels:

Using slow-shutter time-lapse photography techniques in video and film production is nothing new per se however, the advancement of camera technology and mounting devices is making capturing these dynamic shots easier then it has ever been, if you know what you’re doing.

Slow-shutter time-lapse produces unique and very different results than ordinary time-lapse because it allows the movement in the image to blur (to varying degrees) depending on how much blur is desired for the shot. Ordinary timelapse can have a staccato or jumpy feel to it so to produce a higher quality shot with more artistic value we’re going to slow the shutter down.

You can employ this method on any still camera with a intervelomoter but I’m going to demonstrate with my Lumix GH4. I picked up the GH4 a while back to use with my multi-rotor for aerial production but while playing around with it on another job I found a feature that my clients are really in love with.

Read full article at RigWheels “Slow Shutter Time-lapse and Drive-lapse Tutorial”

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(cover photo credit: snap from RigWheels)

Hugh Brownstone

Hugh Brownstone

Hugh is the founder of Three Blind Men and An Elephant Productions. He and the team write, direct, shoot, score, and edit web-centric films; conduct photo shoots; and write copy, white papers and blog posts. Hugh also writes screenplays (he recently optioned a TV pilot) and just published his first eBook (Apple's iPhone: The Next Video Revolution). If it's about telling stories, it's in their wheelhouse.

And always with the ambition of authenticity, humanity and wit.
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