How to do timelapse video in Adobe Photoshop

By Ian Middleton

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A super simple way to do a timelapse video

The best way to do a timelapse video is by taking sequential photos and then compiling them all into one video. One big advantage to this method is that you can bulk edit the photos beforehand to ensure you bring out the maximum detail, colour and contrast in your video.

In this video tutorial, I show you an easy way to do a timelapse video using Adobe Photoshop. First I talk you through how to capture the sequence of photos, then how to bulk process the RAW files and save them all ready to make the timelapse.

Next, I resize all the photos using the actions tools to make everything easier and faster when making the timelapse.

Then I demonstrate how to use the features in Photoshop to easily compile all these images into one timelapse video.

For this particular timelapse I shot 630 photos on a Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM telephoto lens (which is a superb lens) set on a tripod with a 6 stop ND Hoya filter. Each photo was exposed for 2.5 secs. Most often when shooting a timelapse we take the photos with a time delay between each shot. For this you need a shutter release cable with an interval timer on it. Or, as in my case, you can use an ND filter to get a longer exposure for each image and shoot these sequentially. 

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