Have you ever seen awe-inspiring footage of constellations spinning across a night sky? The wonder of plants emerging bit by bit from the earth? Or the complete construction of a building captured in just a few minutes? Time-lapse photography is memorable for its ability to capture events that may take hours, months or years from beginning to end, parcelling them down into watchable video footage.
Once solely the realm of professional photographers, a growing number of professions are now embracing time-lapse as a means of capturing complete natural events or man-made projects on film. They are also playing a crucial role in monitoring unique environments where observing the changing conditions can assist with better understanding and preparing for natural disasters. For example, many think of the Australian summer as a time for beaches and backyard barbecues, yet for many, it poses a real risk of bushfire, a risk that could be better understood with the use of time-lapse photography. But in order for a time-lapse shoot to be successful, you will need to consider some key factors. A vital element is ensuring that you have sufficient power.
A suitable power source is of paramount importance when planning time-lapse photography. After all, depending on what you have chosen to photograph the entire shoot could last anywhere from hours to years. If your power source runs out mid-shoot, then you may miss a decisive moment or experience jumping in your final film (this happens when the gap between shots goes on too long and too many changes occur in the scene being filmed). Although this won’t completely ruin your time-lapse photography, it is the sign of an amateur and will be far less effective than a continuous stream of slow-changing footage.
Start by evaluating the estimated length of your time-lapse photography project. Are you planning to film the night sky from dusk until dawn? Monitor the growth of a landscape over the course of a full season? Or record the complete construction of your new building project? The shorter the project, the closer together the intervals between shots will need to be. But obviously, photoshoots that are going to last for months vs. hours will require a reliable and ongoing source of power. For this type of filming, reliance on batteries may lead to disappointment and for any project taking place outdoors, you may not have access to a standard source of power. In this case, some form of power generator will be necessary to ensure you have steady and reliable power.
This is where KaliPAK solar power generators can prove to be a lifesaver. Affordable and highly portable, a KaliPAK solar power generator can keep all your gear charged and ready for recording. With no reliance on fuel supply or a connection to mains power, the KaliPAK gives time-lapse photographers the ability to capture complete events with a reliable power source. The durable nature of KaliPAK solar power generators also means they are capable of long-term exposure to the elements without you having to worry about them breaking down. Investing in a solar power generator can make the difference between a highly successful time-lapse photography shoot and a disjointed film that misses the conclusion.