A time-lapse movie is a movie shot at a really slow frame rate which is played back at a “normal” frame rate, thus accelerating the motion tremendously to the point of revealing normally imperceptible motion, such as the movement of a plant growing. For a better definition, check out what Wikipedia has to say on the subject here.
If you're looking for some examples, check out my Time-Lapse Gallery.
My friend Francois also has a stunning gallery of Timelapses.
If you want to get an idea of how far you can push this, here's a videoclip shot in time lapse of a drive from L.A. to New York. It was created by Michel and Oliver Gondry, for French pop star Laquer.
I’ve started making time-lapses when I realized that my digital still camera would allow me to try this without tremendous cost (such as the expense of large amounts of film) and that I could edit and view them on my computer. This web page is meant to share my findings.
Cameras - How do I use mine for shooting time-lapses
Interval Timers - A device to control the camera's interval
Shooting time-lapses - The actual technique: choosing a subject and setting the camera
Finishing - Post-processing the images and creating the movie
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