I will also share helpful tips that I have learned from experiences.
Here's a video of some of the time-lapses that my friend and I made:
Per Wikipedia, time-lapse photography is making "Processes that would normally appear subtle to the human eye, e.g. the motion of the sun and stars in the sky, become very pronounced."
Almost everyone has seen a time-lapse because they are frequently used as stock footage in news shows.
From here out, I will refer to time-lapse photography simply as "time-lapse".
Step 1: Supplies Needed
- Camera (does not matter what kind,)
- Tripod or a lamp with a lampshade- almost all lampshades are attached to the lamp with a 1/4 inch threaded bolt which is the exact same size as a camera tripod mount. So, no tripod no problem!
- Intervalometer (helpful, but not necessary)
- A big chunk of time (at the very least, around an hour, otherwise, there might not be a whole lot of motion in your scene)
Step 2: An Intervalometer Is Helpful
You plug it into your camera (if your camera has an input jack) to send a signal to take pictures at any specific interval of time that you want.
Step 3: Location Location Location
For maximum "wow factor," an interesting locale or occurrence is a great first step.
Clouds, shadows, stars, running water, tides, sunsets and moon rises are great subjects.
An exotic or uncommon vantage point such as a mountaintop, rooftop or high floor balcony, cliff, beach or tropical scene work well.