Send slow-moving scenes into overdrive – and rake in the YouTube views.
Try scenes that unfold gradually and show clear progression, such as building a Lego kit or watching an arena fill.
Your easiest option is to use an iPhone with the iTimeLapse Pro app (R17, iTunes) or an Android device with TimeLapse! (free, Market Android). You can also use a digital SLR, which has the manual controls you need for pro results. If your camera has no interval-shooting option, buy a timer remote. Try the Hahnel Giga T Pro Wireless Timer Remote (available for Canon, Nikon and Sony R1 100, Orms Direct).
Optimal playback time is between eight and 10 seconds with 240 photos. Try to predict how shadows and people will move throughout the shoot so you’re not left with dark or empty scenes. For fast-moving subjects, adjust the interval to one second between shots. For slower ones, try six seconds. Manually lock the focus on the scene and let ’er rip.
The smartphone apps can create the movies for you, or import your sequences into QuickTime 7 Pro, which offers the easiest time-lapse function. For smooth motion, use 30 frames per second; then use video-editing software to add music and effects.