Timelapse intervals

Based on my own experience, I’ve created a table with recommended intervals and exposure times for different timelapse situations trying to cover the more common ones.

Hope it helps someone :)

SUBJECT

INTERVAL in secs

EXP in secs

OBS

Moving traffic

1

1/2

Exp usually set at half or quarter of the total interval time to achieve motion blur and avoid stuttering

Drivelapses

 

1

1/2

Same as above. Needs also a good grip.

Nightly Traffic

2

1

Max iso 800

People street

Close People

2

1

Fast clouds

5

1/30-1/15

Use ND

Medium clouds

10

1/15-1/4

Use ND

Slow clouds

20

1/4-1/2

Use ND

Water (silk effect)

6

1 or +

1 sec exp min for achieve silk effect

Use ND

Sunset or sunrise

3

1-2

Change ev every 10min

Moon

5

5-20

Sun trajectorie path

30

5-20

Use ND

Moving shadows

30

5-20

Astrolapse

25

Variable depending on formula:

(600/focal length). From 15 to 60

Exposure +

Storing Time

Max iso 800

Fast growing plants

90-120

1 or +

Construction projects

5 min

1 or +

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