Getting your head around everything involved in shooting a timelapse can be daunting. How many shots per minute to shoot, what shutter speed will look natural, and one monster that only rears its head in post — how to avoid timelapse flicker.
If you’re unsure what timelapse flicker is, check out this first video. It’s one of my first attempts at a timelapse and you’ll see the image brightness bounce around — that’s timelapse flicker.
Although timelapse flicker can be dealt with in post (to an extent), it is much easier to get your images correct in-camera. Ryan Chylinski has created a great little how-to in which he covers the basics of timelapse flicker and highlights a few important points on how to avoid it.
- Shoot with a low shutter speed (1/125 or less)
- Use a large aperature (small number)
- Put your camera in manual (M) mode
- Trick your camera into thinking you’re using a manual lens
Check out the video for full details.