Technicalities in time-lapse photography include deciding a subject, determining precisely at which intervals the photos should be taken, photographing sequentially, and editing accordingly. Time-lapse photos become a living montage when photographers and professional photo editing service indulge in the batch editing process. For instance, think of a fast bowler running up and releasing the ball – the frames may seem slower but the action appears faster on the time-lapse photo.
Below is how a professional photo editing service creates time-lapse effects on a photograph and makes the montage as per client request.
Adjusting Color Contrast And Brightness
Color contrast and brightness are two of the main parameters in a photograph. The filters in Photoshop such as ‘smart filter’ let editors work on overexposure, underexposure, etc., and improve the color contrasts on the picture. Most time-lapse photos have a balance between light and dark colors, hence mid tone edits give contrasting colors to the image. If the original photograph has mid tones, then professional photo editing service providers apply small, soft halo edge or wide, soft halo edge on the mid tone portions.
Adjusting Image Color
For a distinct look, editors adjust the specific colors in a photograph or a range of colors using the hue saturation layer in Photoshop. This is one more photo edit, which editors use in batch editing, and a layer goes overboard only when the edits turn out amateurish. Professional photo editing service providers toggle the saturation slider as well as the hue slider until the photograph color perfectly matches with the other aspects of the image.
Creating The Montage
Once the photo edits are completed, editors proceed to create the montage by merging the photos taken in a row. The number of frames captured is divided by the number of edited frames per second, in order to determine the montage length. If the photographs have been shot at 100 frames per second, and if the photo edits have 20 fps, the montage would be of five seconds only.
Professional photo editing service providers export the photos into a batch editing software like Photoshop or Lightroom and create the time-lapse effects on individual photos as well. Time-lapse montage is an optional editing service provided by a clipping path company, hence the nature of photo edits depends on the client requirement in a given time.