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Tips & Tricks

How to Make a Striking Hyperlapse of the Most Romantic City on Earth

By Kishore Sawh on January 30th 2014

Paris – Haussmann’s city of cafe’d boulevards, the starburst city of love, is widely near the top of many people’s lists of romantic hideaway spots, and it’s easy to see why. The city is full of metropolitan pomp, decadent buildings, and tidy women on Vespas. Spending time in the Left Bank at night for a dose of bohemian flare, and wandering La Rive Droite on the right of the Seine River taking in the more centralized sophistication, you really do feel a bit of ‘Hemingway’s Paris’ – and it’s oh so photogenic.

If you’ve been there you’ll likely want to return, and if you haven’t, well, you may be letting the best in life pass you by. This hyperlapse of the city may quench your thirst, or simply wet your palate, and the tips and how-to video explain how you can make one.

[REWIND:A Timelapse Video About a Man, a Beard and a 4646km Walk through China]

Gear List:

Canon 60D
Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6
Samyang 8mm f/3.5
Zenitar-M 50mm f/1.7
Vanguard Alta Pro Tripod

But what is a hyperlapse? Essentially, a hyperlapse is a timelapse except the camera doesn’t remain stationary – it is continually moved and often spans a broad space for the best effect. What this does is give a great sense of scale (especially with wide focal lengths), which is often difficult to achieve with a timelapse alone. While simple in theory, successful execution is highly involved and requires some planning. Not to worry though, we’ve found a very helpful How-To video that explains camera settings, how to plan the shoot, and also what programs work well to compile and render the final ‘video’.

2 Tips:

Shoot Manual
Changes in cloud cover, flickering lights of a building or from a car, can change camera settings in any of the automatic modes and in turn, change the whole look of your shots to something uneven.

Shoot RAW for many of the same reasons you would shoot a RAW vs JPEG photograph. Keep in mind though, that if you’re shooting large files at short intervals, your camera may not be able to buffer enough. So shooting JPEG can help in this case. JPEG is helpful sometimes due to file size, but also you can adjust, in camera, the highlight recovery which will lessen the blow-outs in the shots – when you’re taking so many, this is advantageous.


Paris and I have a love/hate relationship. I love the history, the architecture, the vaunted romance…the women. I don’t like how it appears somehow more down at heel these days, and crime is somewhat of a problem. That being said, my affection for it far outweighs my dismay. The city is simply gorgeous. It’s still full of character, and every time I’m there, it takes restraint not to get whiplash from seeing loads of things to photograph.

I really enjoyed this hyperlapse video. I’ve never been one to consider doing them, but highly appreciative of those who do and share. I may even give it a go myself – any interest in one of Miami? If you do have any hyperlapses or suggestions or give it a try after seeing this, please share with us as we’d love to see.

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A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

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