The first thing you learn when making traditional time-lapses is to ‘lock’ the camera. Put it on a tripod and don’t touch it! Hyperlapse is a time-lapse technique that breaks this rule by moving the tripod between each shot. The result is a wild moving time-lapse with a great sense of depth. The first hyper lapse film I saw blew my mind. Watch this visual masterpiece ‘Mockba’ by Artem Pryadko. This film also has some nice tilt/shift effects.

Hyperlapse is only effective in big spaces. Excellent for cities and architecture. You can cover great distances by lifting and moving the tripod/camera between shots. It takes a lot of practice and patience and since you’re lifting the rig hundreds of times, it’s a great workout too! Since the technique relies on software image stabilization, you need straight lines and contrast in your shot for the software to work. I tried hyperlapsing in a forest but that just didn’t work.

Here is a video I made recently for Theater de Vest in Alkmaar. This building is big enough to do some hyper lapses, even indoors! Most of this film is traditional pan/tilt/zoom animated time-lapse. Shot on a Canon 6D with Samyang 24mm F1.4 and Canon 24-105 F4 lenses.