U.K. Man Uses Drone to Reinvent Time-Lapse Videos

We all know that drone is capable of shooting some incredible footage from above, but this British photographer put a new twist on aerial photography.

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One of the greatest technological features on a well-equipped drone is that ability to hover above a single location without budging. Knowing this, photographer Jamie Brightmore is building a brand new niche of drone cinematography called satlapse. It’s essentially time-lapse photography, but from above. And it’s awesome.

Time Flies

For the past 8 months or so, Brightmore has been tinkering with his DJI Phantom 2, GoPro Hero 4 and an H3-3D gimbal to put a new spin on an old photography technique. Basically, Brightmore flies his Phantom up to about 350 or 400 feet, sets the autopilot and snaps a series of individual photos in short intervals over a set period of time. In other words, true time-lapse photography.

The results speak for themselves:

According to Brightmore’s personal website, here’s what you need to get started yourself:

  • A reliable, stable multi-rotor aircraft
  • Exacting weather conditions
  • A time-lapse camera, capable of very short intervals
  • A location with action conducive to shorter time span captures
  • UAS pilot­ing experience
  • Extensive post-production (the drone, after all, isn’t completely still, so some post-production aligning is needed)
  • Bucket loads of patience

If you’ve got a little patience and a creative eye, you might want to try your hand at “satlapse” footage. Who knows? Maybe in a few years we’ll be adding “satlapse” to our dictionaries.