Introduction: How to Shoot and Edit Day to Night Timelapse
By Cal Thomson
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Step 1: Get a Camera
- DSLR camera (I used the Canon 6D)
Set your camera to M - Manual mode or Av - Aperture priority and begin shooting.
Step 2: Import Into Lightroom
Import your images into Lightroom
Simultaneously open 3rd party plugin called LR Timelapse
In LR Timelapse you begin a 3 step process
- Keyframe Wizard
Step 3: Back to Lightroom
In Adobe Lightroom you'll notice a set of keyframes at specific moments in which you changed your exposure.
Edit the 2 star image to match the 3 star image
Start by selecting your 2 star, hold SHIFT and click the 3 star
Then go to 'Settings' > 'Match Total Exposures'
Lightroom will compensate for the changes in exposure to make it appear seamless in a video
Continue this process until you've edited all your keyframes images.
Right click, metadata, save metadata to files.
Step 4: Blend Your Exposures in LR Timelapse
Back to LR Timelapse follow the 3 step process
Autotransition will automatically blend all the settings you've changed in Lightroom between your keyframes.
Finally hit save.
Step 5: Render Using Adobe Lightroom
Jump back to Adobe Lightroom
Select all, (CMD+A)
Right click, metadata, read metadata from files
All of your shots will now be updated. Instead of editing 800 photos you can edit only a handful and LR timelapse will blend the settings between each shot.
Finally you'll need to render off the sequence.
File, export, jpeg sequence or go to LR Timelapse
File, render video.