This will be a quick post on capturing stills from timelapses and uploading to get the best of both worlds – footage and stills. I’ll show you three examples of both the timelapses and the stills I selected why. Here we go!
How it works
A timelapse is essentially 100s of stills put together to make a clip. Do the math…24 frames per second times 10 seconds and you have yourself 240 stills to work with.
I prefer 100x to create timelapses with still images (despite the sometimes huge sizes) than create a normal real-time video and speed it up. The reason is simple: you can achieve much slower shutter speeds, as well as achieve higher resolutions for more dramatic effects, especially if shooting in RAW and then post-processing.
Selecting the best still from the lot
Out of the 300 or so stills to choose from I’ll choose what I think is the best one.
I am NOT uploading every still from a timelapse as that’s just shooting yourself in the foot and FFS, Shutterstock, how can you accept this SPAM from this contributor:
Example 1 – Cantagalo Favela
Grabbed still (ok not from same timelapse but same view, just didn’t make sense to upload another similar to my YT account):
Example 2 – Copacabana Palace
Example 3 – 25 April Bridge, Lisbon Panorama
Original Timelapse: Even though I butchered this timelapse by using wrong settings, hence the flickering (for another tutorial), I still had at my disposal, plenty of quality stills:
Will these sell?
Who the fuck knows.
What is most important is that the above doesn’t take much time and offers buyers something new, along with the timelapse (most in 4K resolution).
Is the above something you’ve done in the past and how has your experience been? Please comment below!
Back to editing poker images
One major reason why I’m in Rio is to cover Party Millions Live poker tournament and I have lots of images/videos to edit. Next time you’ll hear from me will probably be with an update on my March results…speak soon!
I’m an eccentric guy on a quest to visit all corners of the world and capture stock images. I’m determined not to waste my life away as a corporate drone and have devoted six years to making it as a travel photographer and freelance writer. I hope to inspire others before it’s too late.
I’m proud to have written a book about my adventures which includes tips on making it as a stock travel photographer – Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock Photography