GoPro Timelapse – Imaging the Passing of Time

What I love about the GoPro Time Lapse feature on newer models of Hero cameras is the blend of curation and meditation, elements that meet at the intersection of modern technology and art. Presumably, this curatorial experience of recording a landscape through time, manipulating the passing of time in the process, is what draws people to time lapse.

Another pleasant take-away is the built-in indulgence factor; the feature follows two or three possible processes,

– It begins with the actual photo or video recording,

– Then, the editing and sequencing according to individual preferences,

– Finally, the polishing and presenting of the final timelapse sequence.
While each stage is relatively simple and straightforward – particularly the video mode which pretty much creates your timelapse film automatically – it requires attention to detail, some artistic and technical planning and, yes, maths. But fun maths!

Getting the Balance Right

Each film requires calibration of shooting intervals according to the length of the final product. For example, you need to record a fairly calm setting like slow-moving clouds at a frequency of 10 seconds per frame to get the best results.

As the video will play the images at a much higher speed – i.e. time lapse – the moving pictures will replicate the mobility of objects whose mechanics we are unable to see in real time.

Fast-moving environments like busy streets or airports, on the other hand, might require a higher frequency like 2 seconds per frame. It’s what you will need for a holistic and detailed animation of a landscape in which momentary changes alter the greater whole.

I mention clouds, as it’s a common subject matter among GoPro timelapse users, along with other natural objects like lakes, seedling growth, sunsets, astronomical phenomena and so forth. The technology itself is conducive to such topics of observation. The final product is a kind of revelation which the viewer would not be privy to without this specific technology.

While in our everyday lives we are only able to observe natural phenomena through their staccato motion, revealing only a tiny fragment of their development, with timelapse we have the luxury of an aggregate insight. And yet, we still can observe microcosmic details through individual frames.

Here is a look at a beautiful time lapse video. It just shows how your imagination is your only limitation.


Keeping the Basics Straight

Sure, GoPro timelapse is a great feature, but you need to be prepared. For one, the prolonged mechanics of using timelapse technology means heavy battery and storage consummation. As an individual consumer, you can choose the accessories you want to buy, but they need to blend and fit in. Here are a few tips.
– Most people can shoot great videos using current models of Hero with its own WiFi, a lens and something stationary like a tripod.

– Having a strong battery and high capacity SD card (maybe more than one) isn’t going to hurt though, particularly if you are undertaking those long romantic sunset and ocean-side shoots, which might require from a few hours to a day or two shooting.

– If you like using higher resolution settings, keep in some empty SD cards handy at all times.

Worried about how you can get it right? This video talks about how you can make a GoPro timelapse video the right way.


How to Get the Best Out of GoPro Timelapse?

As I mentioned above, it is simpler to create videos in video mode, which automatically records Time Lapse footage according to the settings you choose, and stores it in your SD card as a whole MP4 file, which you can download or playback at your leisure.

However, the curatorial process continues if you are using Photo Mode and shooting individual frames. The editing process can be intense in itself and another curatorial opportunity for the artist. Each frame can be adjusted individually, colour gradated and spliced into a satisfactory sequence.

– GoPro provides easy to use and often free editing software, which allows the artist access to soundtracks and user-friendly apps while upgrading to Go Pro+.
– It also unlocks more features and a wider range of music that you can automatically sync to your videos.

– Extra elements like graphs, time gauges and tracks of your video highlights can expand the characteristics of your films and draw your viewer’s attention to particular details.

– The mixture of enduring process and splicing/editing technology is reminiscent of analogue cinematography.
No wonder that timelapse photography has grown into a niche art form amongst amateur and professional artists – the technique highlights individual expression through modern, experimental technology while employing traditional methods of shooting films.

It also draws strong comparisons to aesthetically diverse art forms like music videos, travelogues, and theatrical performances. Many photographers and videographers are making their name in this niche field, investing in extra pieces available through Go Pro and other outlets that enhance and advance their work to new possibilities.

Is it For You?

Time Lapse technology allows the opportunity for adventure seekers to present the viewer with familiar landscapes in a new and exciting format. While simultaneously, you can view unassuming landscapes in expandable time that. And even though it’s in speedier playback, it allows us to observe the subject at its own pace, making stillness move and vice versa.

GoPro Time Lapse is a great tool for thrill seekers, world nomads, technology experimenters, sports enthusiasts and quiet artist alike to make the observable world even more observable.nbsp;

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