Three Common Time-Lapse Photography Problems
While time-lapse photography has gotten easier over the years, mainly thanks to dramatic improvements in equipment, there are a few problems that still seem to result in poor time-lapse performance every time. Try to avoid these.
1. Extreme temperature changes
If you are shooting in extreme heat or cold it can negatively impact your time-lapse shooting. Extreme heat can cause the sensor to overheat which increased digital noise. In extreme cold, your battery may fail and not last long enough to power the whole time-lapse.
2. Flicker – not the photo sharing site
The most common problem with time-lapse photography is image flicker. Slight variations in light or exposure can cause fluctuations that lead to flicker. There are many ways to cure this, including software plugins such as GBTimelapse, (http://www.gbtimelapse.com/Default.aspx) but without spending extra money try this. Use a slower shutter speed; stop down; avoid scenes that feature fluorescent lights, and avoid clipping.
3. Exposure problems
Usually photographers who rely on automatic settings for their exposures experience noticeable exposure fluctuations that reduce the quality of their time-lapse work. Use manual exposure for the best results.
There are other problems you might encounter when doing time-lapse photography but these are the most likely culprits. Hopefully this post will help you beat them the next time you go out shooting.