As mentioned in the optional equipment section, many timelapse artists use motion controlled dollies to add dynamic movement to their footage. However, a dolly is not the only way of adding movement to your footage.

A technique which has been popularized over recent years has been producing vast sweeping moves, with the camera moving from tens, to hundreds of meters. The technique has been dubbed ‘hyperlapse’. This literally involves walking with the camera as it shoots a timelapse sequence. Generally the camera will be mounted to a tripod to prevent any image shake, and moved between photos.

To shoot a hyperlapse first you need to select a suitable subject. Generally static objects such as a building are used, but other creative uses have been popping up recently such as filming graffiti.

Next you need to find a reference point on the object that you want to move around. Each time you move, you will line up your camera with this same reference point.

Choose a path to walk down with the camera, and make a note of how far you need to move between each photo. Generally the closer the object, the shorter your own distance should be.

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Level the camera and compose the photograph, making sure something is lined up with your reference point. Next, start shooting your timelapse sequence. Once a photo has taken, move your camera the required distance. Stop, recompose and take the next photo.

Rinse and repeat until you have enough photos for your sequence. It is a very time-consuming and tiring method, however the results speak for themselves:


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  1. Manchester Timelapse Video • ObservingTime - August 21, 2013

    […] Various techniques and equipment were used to capture the footage, including a home-built motion controlled dolly. The long sweeping moves were captured by moving the camera after each photo. This can be a very time consuming process, but the results are certainly worth it. More information about the technique can be found here: observingtime.com/timelapse/hyperlapse/ […]

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