Shoot one location for 1 Hour and create a timelapse
OPTION 1: I Corner – 1 Hour
In street photography, we’re impatient. Rather than sticking in one good area and waiting for our subjects to come to us, we run around (often wasting our energy) to just find a few good photos.
The solution: find an interesting street corner, don’t move, and photograph it for an hour.
The purpose of this assignment is to realize that it can be more effective to find a good scene, background, or area, and wait for your subjects to come to you.
Not only that, but if you stay put in one area, you will get to know the area better. You will observe the flow of subjects, and get a feel of a place better. Not only that, but you will be more “invisible” in the scene — people will ignore you
OPTION 2: THE PARK BENCH / Bus Stop
Take your camera and a tripod to a park, and find a busy park bench, or to a busy Bus Stop. Set yourself up some distance away with a long lens aimed at the bench or Bus Stop and pre-focused. Settle in, and for the next hour(s) take images at fixed time intervals, say every three to ten minutes. This is really an exercise in timelapse photography. The resulting images would make a fun photo essay. The setting stays the same, but the subjects change at random.
– Take use a Tripod if you want to create a timelapse that lines up perfectly
– Use a regular time interval if you want to be scientific, or wait for things to ‘happen’
– Stick it out – don’t just take a few photos and then leave!
– Open the first image in your set
– Once open, drag the other images on top of the existing image – hit enter every time you see a new image with an ‘x’ over it
– Go to ‘Window/Timeline’ and ‘Create Frame Animation’ (might have to switch from ‘Video Timeline’
– Turn off all but the bottom layer
– Add layers one at a time, making another layer visible.
– Change the time delay on frames and watch the timelapse of your photos
– Export as a GIF and submit (Reduce the image size if your file is very large)