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Spanning Time

The Essential Guide to Time-lapse Photography, 1st Edition

By Chris Weston


200 pages

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Spanning Time: The Essential Guide to Time-lapse Photography is the ultimate how-to guide for creating time-lapse films, featuring both still and moving image techniques. Author Chris Weston provides all the information necessary to create compelling time-lapse sequences using a DSLR camera. As well as covering basic equipment requirements and shooting techniques, the book explores what makes a good time-lapse story, visualization, and advanced skills for creating multi-faceted time-lapse sequences. This book provides insider secrets including:

  • How to create an effective time-lapse workflow and ‘see’ in a time-lapse sequence
  • Tips and tricks to successful photographic elements such as shutter speed, aperture, exposure, ISO, dynamic range imaging, and more
  • Step-by-step instructions for using the leading photographic processing hardware and software
  • Best practices for overcoming challenges including time-lapse flicker, light conditions, and color temperatures

Table of Contents


1. Choosing a subject

2. Equipment

3. Setting up

4. Art of Composition

5. Creating a time-lapse sequence

6. Processing

7. Advanced storytelling

About the Author

Chris Weston is a professional nature photographer and writer. He has written 25 books on photography including Creative DSLR Photography and Nature Photography, published by Focal Press. His work has been featured in the Sunday Times, the Times, the Telegraph, the Guardian, the Mail Online, and his clients include the BBC, ITV and National Geographic. In 2010 he was described by Outdoor Photography magazine as one of the "World’s 40 Most Influential" nature photographers. Chris is an experienced photographic teacher and lecturer, running photographic seminars, short courses and on-location workshops. He has embraced the convergence between stills and moving images and time-lapse is a key area of his portfolio.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHOTOGRAPHY / Techniques / General
PHOTOGRAPHY / Subjects & Themes / General