Time lapse photography is a technique used in cinematography which comprises of the tampering of the frequency at which film frames are captured. In this particular technique, the frame rate is much lower than that of the normal rate. In fact, time lapse causes the playback rate to be faster than that of the speed of time in the actual world.
When the playback of the captured shots are seen at the normal speed and the normal frame rate, one will see that the speed of actual time i.e. time in the real world is moving at the normal speed, while the time speed in the camera is lapsing or time is moving faster.
Therefore, images that were captured over a period of a whole week maybe, when viewed at the time lapse frame rate will be seen to just hurtling away as if in high speed. Thus, we can determine from the above results that have been demonstrated that time lapse photography is the exact opposite of high speed photography.
High speed photography lowers the frame rate considerably. Therefore actions that take a second to occur will be seen as taking up ten, even twenty seconds, depending on the frames per second. Time lapse photography does exactly the opposite to this as has been already told. The processes that normally do not appear of much significance to the human eye or brain such as the movement of the sun or the blooming of a flower when viewed through time lapse will suddenly seem much more pronounced and appropriate as one will be able to see all the actions that go unnoticed, since they take up so much of time. Time lapse has been used in various movies and videos over time.
In the Nikon D5100, time interval photography can be carried out quite effectively. First however, we must ensure that the battery is full charged as time interval entails long periods of time. Also, it is recommended that you mount the camera on the tripod stand.
On doing the above steps, click the MENU button to display the various menus that are available on the camera icon. Go to INTERVAL TIMER SHOOTING and press the right arrow on the OK button.
After doing this, you will be taken to the window where you will have to select the starting time. You can choose NOW and press the right arrow button on the OK button starting to shoot immediately or you can select a time from which the shooting will start.
In order to do this, just select the START TIME option. You will be prompted to choose the hours and minutes. Change them and press the right arrow button again on the OK button. The next window that will come up on the camera screen will ask you to choose the amount of the interval that you are desirous of putting between each shot.
Use the right arrow and the left arrow on the OK button to change the time period between each successive photo being taken. When you are done with this, press the right arrow again and move on to the next screen.
Next come the number of intervals that you would like to put. The number of intervals that you put will determine the number of pictures that are being taken. Logically the number of photos should be equal to the number of intervals. You can change the number of intervals in a similar manner of changing the interval time. When all this is done, highlight ON and press OK to return to the shooting menu. If NOW was selected then the first photo will be taken after 3 seconds. If not, the first photo will be taken at the inputted time interval and the shots will continue until all the intervals haven’t been completed.