timelapse photography

Stumbling on the most ideal surrounding for your time lapse is important but, the equipment required is just as treasured.

Below, is a list of fundamental gear used to maximize the production of timelapse photography.

Top Equipment for a Timelapse Shoot


The main component of a timelapse is a still frame. When a tripod is position to your desire, ensure the legs are sturdy and secure. Any minor shift in the camera frame can have a significant impact on the playback of the recordings. What is just as important is portability. Tripods come in many sizes and weight. Decide the main uses for your tripod. Capturing various scenes all through the day will call for a lightweight versatile Tripod. When setting up for that perfect long duration timelapse a durable heavy weighted tripod would be favoured.

Quick Tip:
Ensure you set your DSLR lens to manual focus. This will the limit the amount of movement that occurs when the camera lens is adjust in between pictures.


This device plugs into your cameras USB port. It’s job is to control the duration length between every shot and number of photos taken without using any camera functions.

This tool is vital for still image time lapse photography because it removes the likelihood of movement in the image area. It also prevents the photographers to manually shoot each frame in the sequence, removing the need to overcompensate. Today, Intervalometers have many functions and features that contribute to their value. Even so, there are many affordable meter available.

Quick Tip:Rubber grips are a great addition to the feet of tripods. They make sure the to reduce movement and shake when panning a frame attached to tripod.

ND Filters

Documenting a scene through a long duration can be complicated because of gradual movement of natural sunlight within the frame. Neutral Density filters allow the camera lens to minimize the natural light potency without tweaking the color in the image. Allowing the camera to reduce the amount of light being absorbed can length the shutter speed settings in bright conditions creating a shaper image quality. Slow shutter speeds also increase image blur on moving subjects in the frame.

-- article by: Marc Bowler