What’s the longest you’ve ever shot for a project – a week? a month? How about 2 years? Photographer Joe Nafis has recently created a 3 1/2 minute video containing timelapses of Shanghai over the past 24 months. All the footage is taken from his apartment on the 23rd floor, yet it shows a great amount of detail about the city and its life. Through sunrises and sunsets, join the people of Shainghai as they wake up and fall asleep to the largest city in the world:
Tips and Tricks You Can Take Away From This Timelapse:
- Never put the horizon in the center of the frame. Keep it 1/3rd land and 2/3rds sky or vice versa.
- Take note of weather conditions: Clouds can add interestingness to your shots, but a partly cloudy day can also create an unwanted and unsightly swap back and forth between sunny and shady.
- Don’t always focus on the big picture. Zoom in and focus on the little things too.
- Vary the times of your timelapse. Sunrise, midday, evening, sunset, and nighttime can all add to your video.
- Camera movements add drama and life to the video.
- Music can also make your timelapse come to life.
The great thing about timelapse videos is you don’t need a lot of time to shoot them. Once you’ve got your camera set up and made sure there’s plenty of battery life, you can walk away for a few hours and let your camera do all the work.
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