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Useful Pocket Guide and Tips for Timelapse and Astrophotography

By Hanssie on July 14th 2014


Image by Matthew Saville

If you missed this weekend’s Supermoon, it’s okay because there are five this year and you still have two more opportunities before the year is out. The next supermoons can be seen on August 10th and September 9th, so you have a few more weeks to prepare to get the perfect shot or timelapse.

A supermoon is when there is a full moon that is at its closest point to the Earth in orbit. What we see on Earth is a very large and beautiful full moon. (In reality, just a few % larger, and a couple % brighter, to be honest…) Either way, this means you should be photographing it and making awesome timelapse videos, so people like me who don’t get along with nature, can sit and enjoy them from the comfort of my couch.

Stefan Kohler over at DIY Photography has created this handy pocket guide for timelapse photography, which you can download over on their site.


They also give a really nice breakdown in case you’re just starting out in timelapse astrophotography. You can check out their full article full of helpful tips over on their site.

Our ‘Master of Timelapse Photography in the Middle of Nowhere’ author, Matthew Saville, also has some great timelapse and astrophotography tutorials here on SLR Lounge which can also help you plan for capturing some footage of next month’s supermoon. Among a few of my favorites:


In the following video, Matt uses  Lightroom 5 to quickly prepare a few hundred images to be turned into frames of a timelapse sequence. He talks about things to look out for when editing a timelapse where the light may change dramatically over the course of a few hours, even if your camera settings do not.

This next video is specifically for a meteor shower, but still has some useful tips on night photography such as what lenses are best for astrophotography as well as tips on camera settings.


If you want to go out before August and do some practicing on astrophotography, here are a few great articles that give some tips on shooting:

You might also want to check out Lightstalking’s “How To Master Night Sky Photography” guide for some useful information.

Enjoy and don’t forget to put August 10th on your calendar for the next supermoon!


Image by Matthew Saville

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Barry Cunningham

    Second paragraph, you wrote: “A supermoon is a new moon …”.
    It is not a new moon. You meant full moon.
    A new moon occurs when the side of the moon facing the earth is wholly in shadow.

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  2. Michael Moe

    thanks for sharing! ;) this one helped me a lot!

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  3. Rafael Steffen

    Thanks for sharing this amazing tip

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  4. Ian Moss


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  5. James VanderWeide

    I’ll have to give it a try!

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  6. Greg Faulkner

    I enjoyed reading this and watching Matts videos

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  7. Ralph Hightower

    Regarding that satellite streak, it may have been an Iridium satellite; they have a phenomenon known as an “Iridium Flare”. I was outside one evening waiting for the International Space Station to fly over and while scanning the area where ISS was going to appear, I saw a bright streak flash in my field of vision.

    The local camera club had an astrophotographer speak at a monthly meeting and he said there basically, three techniques for astrophotography: inexpensive (use what you got), moderate (telescope + camera), and full scale (high end telescopes + dedicated gear). There was a rule of the 600/focal length to eliminate star trails. For example, using a 20mm lens, 600 divided by 20m is 30 seconds.

    I got inspired to do my own astrophotography and that night, used my Canon A-1, FD 28mm f2.8, and Kodak TMax 100 film took this photo:

    I’ve photographed the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station as they flew over. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to set up a tripod; I braced myself against my van for a 30 second hand held exposure. Since then, I’ve photographed ISS solo flyovers.

    But to get the time for when the ISS is visible in your neighborhood, visit:

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  8. Tyler Friesen

    Thanks for this. Just downloaded Zeitraffer, I am tired of doing this process in Premiere.

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    will be eager to try it out

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  10. James Matthews

    Phew…August 10th it is. I was gutted to wake up and find I missed it :)

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