A hyperlapse is a photography technique that consists of a series of consecutive photos, where the camera changes its position each time you take a photo. Fortunately, flight stabilization technologies have been developed in drones and their cameras offer tools that can help you greatly to generate an incredible hyperlapse sequence. For this reason, I bring you here some tips so you can create your own hyperlapse with your drone.
Find out about the place where you will capture your images: Investigate about the weather and weather conditions, analyze the types of difficulties that the environment can generate, if this place can cause damage to your drone better avoid it, as well as if the place gives you Difficulties in capturing images either because it is very cloudy or fogging your lens. In addition, find out about the regulation of drone uses in the place of interest to avoid all kinds of legal problems.
Planning and preparation: Choose with caution and anticipation the most appropriate place and time to perform your hyperlapse. Avoid places that have winds greater than 5mph because they can destabilize your drone. Obtain a high-speed SD card so that your drone shortens the required writing times and time-lapse capture interval, and prevents your camera from freezing while trying to “catch up.” Learn how to schedule tours at a very low speed with the lens looking at a single point of interest. If you have a DJI, the DJI Go application can provide you with tools for this.
Execution: If you are new to this, start with short timelapses and without drastic exposure changes. Practice slow flight programming and explore different scenarios that you can capture without requiring great effort, such as the magical scenes of a sunrise and sunset.
Procedure: Export your photographs in the editing program of your choice. Focus on generating a stabilization between each frame and maximize the speed so that your hyperlapse is not too long. There are several programs that will help you create a shot by ordering frames, such as LRTimeLapse, Swiss Army Knife or Time Lapse Assembler, among others.
Final tips: Timelapse photography can be tedious and a bit boring; It takes a lot of patience and perseverance, but the results are worth it. Practice your camera setup skills and experiment with different settings before investing your time in aerial lapses. The process takes a long time and can lead to disappointing results if the camera is not set up correctly for your scene and lighting conditions. Check the video every time you change the stabilization settings, preferably on a larger screen, and adjust the settings for optimal results. The use of larger airplanes, for example DJI Inspire, facilitates the creation of timelapses even in light wind conditions. The 360-degree panorama also helps keep the camera pointing to the Point of Interest with more precision. Start with simpler “stationary” time periods, progress through hyperlapses. Finally have fun!
Information based on: DroneVibes