Time Lapse Stock Footage of Stars

Astrophotography

This is something I have been looking forward to doing for quite some time. A night sky time-lapse. I practiced it one time before, but the moon was out causing the time-lapse not to look nearly as good as I wanted it to. I am far more happy about the results of this time-lapse below.

I used a prime lens to capture this image. It was a 24mm, but on the GH5 that is nearly the equivalent of a 50mm focal length on a full frame 35mm sensor. Not ideal for night photography. Though I am still happy with the way this turned out, I know next time I will use a wider lens, even if I must sacrifice a slightly wider aperture. My aperture was opened at f/1.8 however I could pull this off with an f-stop of 2.8 and boost the ISO a little higher. That way you could see more of the Milky Way. In this video, you can see a hint of it near the end.

If you want to learn how to set up your camera for astrophotography, check out this website here: https://makezine.com/projects/how-to-capture-breathtaking-time-lapses-of-the-night-sky/ I only found this website after taking the images needed for this time-lapse, but I used the same principles mentioned here.

Camera Settings

My camera settings are as follows: I used a 24mm prime lens, shutter speed at 10″ seconds at f/1.8 with an ISO 1600. I took about 424 RAW photos to create this time lapse. Throughout the night I checked how the image looked through the viewfinder, careful not to bump the camera. I actually did not use my camera’s built-in intervalometer. I instead used an external trigger that was plugged into my camera. When I would hear the shutter release, I would press the remote to take the next picture. I didn’t mind doing this because I was sitting in the sand with fellow photographers who are friends of mine, each taking their own unique photos. We had wonderful discussions as we stared up into the starry heavens and took pictures of the stars.

Editing

I used Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to edit a single astro-photo and sync it across the other 423 star images. With these long exposure images all edited the same, I exported them to a single folder. I then imported them as an image sequence into Adobe Premiere. The nice thing about taking photos for a time-lapse is the large image dimensions. Nine times out of ten, image time-lapses beat video time-lapses. Unless you have a RED Weapon that shoots 8K. But even then, we aren’t talking about astrophotography. For night time shots like this you will need to take many long exposure images, and will need a camera that is capable of doing just that.

My photo dimensions are 5184 x 3888, which is fantastic for 4K video! I was still able to scale it down. The great thing is, I can use this as a 4K video, but I can also crop in dramatically for 1080p High Definition video, or scale it down for even better HD quality.

This night sky star time lapse is also available as stock footage, and is available to purchase here. You can also look at and purchase more of my stock footage on Videoblocks by Storyblocks.

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