7/20/13

Photography Classes - Video: Fashion Photoshoot Behind-The-Scene Time Lapse

Hello Everyone.

I'm excited to show you a behind the scene time lapse video of a photoshoot my company produces for their seasonal trend shoots. I was assign to be the videographer, so I decided to do both time-lapse and video of the shoot. You can see me with my camera with a telephoto lenses.


What you are seeing a team of essential people: Models, photographer, 2 photo assistants, digital technician, hair stylist, makeup artist, and wardrobe stylist. Other important people are the producer, client, merchant assistant, and videographer.


These shoots typical encompasses the retailer's photography needs for a season. The clothes used are samples from the brands they carry, who also supplied them for the shoot. The trend and ideas are planned out weeks before the shoot for a seasonal trend that's a season ahead of schedule. These photos are stored in RAW format and sent to me to edit the photo and cull down the shots. My team of designers will choose the a photo to start their marketing layouts, then sent to me for retouching. After approvals from my bosses, the files are uploaded to the front page of the site.

End product of months of planning and many hours of creative meetings.



Everything you see took many hands and minds to put together.


This time-lapse is shot with a dSLR camera on a tripod with a programmable remote trigger. The number of shots are determined by how long I wanted the time lapse to last. And, I wanted at least 30 seconds worth of footage with some extra room for buffer, so that's about 50 seconds. The shoot would last for 8 hours, because of that's how long the space is rented for. And finally, the frames per second of my output for this video are going to be at 24fps. So it's a little math time:


  • 50 seconds of footage at 24 frames is 1200 frames.
  • 1200 frames are needed to make a 50 seconds coverage of 8 hours day.
  • 8 hours is 480 min; 480 min is 28,800 seconds.
  • So we divide 28,880 seconds of the day to 1,200 frames, and we can get... 24.
  • So every 24 seconds,  I need to do one click on my dSLR camera to make a time lapse video.


After the calculation, I setup my tripod with a heavy sandbag, so it doesn't shift out of place for the rest of the day. Compose the shot to with a wide angle lens and set all my camera settings to manual. When the camera is on manual focus it don't waste any time to click because it's not trying to find a subject to focus on. Take all the shots to Lightroom and output all the frames into a 24fps video, then to a video editing software. And the above video is the results.

I will list my gears in the next post.

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This is Charlie Wang, signing off.