Tutorial: Motion Timelapse of the Milky Way with Dynamic Perception Stage One and Stage R

Tutorial: Motion Timelapse of the Milky Way with Dynamic Perception Stage One and Stage R

http://www.lonelyspeck.com/tutorial-motion-timelapse-of-the-milky-way-with-the-dynamic-perception-stage-one-and-stage-r/ This tutorial will take you through the entire process of shooting a professional motion timelapse of the Milky Way from planning to settings, shooting, processing in Lightroom and compiling in After Effects. See the full description below for all the contents. http://lonelyspeck.com

Introduction and Gear Overview: 0:17
Making a Great Exposure of the Milky Way: 1:19
Camera Settings: 3:14
Exposure Settings: 5:11
Programming and Shooting: 7:00
Processing in Lightroom: 11:37
Compiling in After Effects: 16:31
Final Result and Closing Remarks: 19:32

This video was shot on:

Dynamic Perception Stage One and Stage R

Sony a7S

Rokinon 24mm f/1.4

Rokinon 14mm f/2.8

Voigtlander 40mm f/1.4 Nokton

Voigtlander VM-E Adapter

Thanks to:
Jay Burlage of Dynamic Perception

Starring Ian Norman and Diana Southern of http://lonelyspeck.com

Shot on locations around California and Nevada.


  1. Schanz eraner
    March 2, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

    Hi Ian,
    I truly can recommend following software for shooting timelapses (free if
    you don’t use more than 400 frames):
    LRTimelapse from Gunther Wegner.
    It allows amongst others to make even day-to-night-timelapses by
    automatically adjusting shutter speed, ISO and recently also the aperture.
    That is just an example of the whole range of functions.
    I think, this software brings timelapses to another level.
    Best regards

  2. Misael David
    March 2, 2015 at 1:14 pm #

    Awesome stuff Ian! hey question.. how do you process smooth day to night
    transition of the milky way? i know its more of an advance process but just
    wondering what software youre using. thanks!

  3. Kaos Sushi
    March 2, 2015 at 2:11 pm #

    First at all a very nice video like your others, thanks!
    My question tho is, you are making single exposures right?
    If yes, would it make any difference in frame quality and noise performance
    if you apply your multi exposure blending technique?
    Is it that extra work worth?

  4. MortallicA91
    March 2, 2015 at 3:10 pm #

    Everyone was great but I kinda disagree with the output settings.
    Once you export all the stills in jpg, practically you should lose a ton of
    Then you put those stills in AE and export in ProRes…
    It sounds like you have a bottle of water (water=data, holder=format), you
    then put in a new jpg-bottle 2 cups of that water and then you throw those
    1.5 cups of water in a barrel because the barrel is proress and you think
    it can hold so much data but you only put jpgs in it…

    Does that make sense?
    If I’m right I suggest to keep quality as less compressed as possible until
    you reach that final prores or wte you want format and decide there how
    much data you want to lose from the RAWs.

    TIFF, PNG, TARGA and other formats that I forget now tend to be losless I
    I think lightroom can save these metadata along with the RAW and then you
    can throw RAW direct into AE and do there all the work.

  5. Nathan Kavumbura
    March 2, 2015 at 3:34 pm #

    Excellent tutorial, the most comprehensive I have seen. You answered a ton
    of questions I had, thanks a lot Ian.

  6. Jonathan Park
    March 2, 2015 at 3:53 pm #

    As someone who is just starting to get into the timelapse game, this is one
    of the most concise and well constructed tutorials I have seen so far.
    You’ve managed to teach the fundamentals clearly while making the whole
    video clean and entertaining. You’ve done a great service to the timelapse
    community for putting this together. Your work is much appreciated! 

  7. Natalie Tiv
    March 2, 2015 at 4:46 pm #

    Ian Norman, I watched every single second of this video and just wanted to
    salute you for your time and efforts in making this very easy to follow
    tutorial. I currently use Premiere to render my timelapses but will give
    after effects a go!. The beginning portion of locating night skies, smart
    phone apps, moon phase and camera settings was very helpful thank you!!

  8. Ian Norman
    March 2, 2015 at 5:26 pm #

    Our latest video tutorial is now live! Every step of making a motion
    timelapse of the Milky Way!

    March 2, 2015 at 6:10 pm #

    Thanks a lot Ian. This is very informative. Right to the point.

  10. Jayy bruh
    March 2, 2015 at 6:52 pm #

    Thats amazing but in the pic it looks like a burning hell.

  11. samgraves2
    March 2, 2015 at 7:45 pm #

    15:15 should say Shift + Ctrl + C. You only said Ctrl C. Might want to
    add an annotation.

  12. Ante Kirigin
    March 2, 2015 at 8:12 pm #

    Awesome video. I wish you have tutorial for everything I need. Great flow
    of guides.
    Just a quick question. I’m total amateur. I’m never gonna be even close to
    your work. I was wondering what is your opinion of Star Trail or Time Laps
    app on sonya6000 if you ever saw it and tried it.

  13. Steven J
    March 2, 2015 at 8:31 pm #

    Hi Norman, any idea on how can we take long time-lapses with the A6000?
    Battery life is poor and it can’t charge whilst using it. Thanks. 

  14. Arthur Seabra
    March 2, 2015 at 9:21 pm #

    Great tutorial Ian. Just stumbled upon this while looking for reviews of
    the A7s.
    One question though. Why did you export the JPEGs in 90% image quality. Are
    you saving space, or overall export time reduction? Is the 10% loss of
    image quality not that significant when rendering the photos to a video?

    Thanks again for this great tutorial!

  15. Ervan Solihin
    March 2, 2015 at 9:35 pm #

    can canon 600d make a good quality for astrophotography and even timelapse?

  16. мυнιтυℓ nαвín
    March 2, 2015 at 9:57 pm #

    witch camera’s (canon dslr) model should i use to make a time lapse video ?

  17. Alfonso Generoso
    March 2, 2015 at 10:54 pm #

    Brilliant. Great demonstration of skills and knowledge. 

  18. MattLambley1501
    March 2, 2015 at 11:40 pm #

    Awesome video Ian. Very informative!

  19. Anas Nasheed
    March 3, 2015 at 12:34 am #

    Love how you broke the video down to its processor’s. … awesome tutorial 

  20. The Muscle Biker
    March 3, 2015 at 12:48 am #

    Can the A6000 take similar quality of pictures? Even though there is about
    a 10 megapixel difference? Does it require a different lens than the kit

  21. David Stig Hansen
    March 3, 2015 at 1:47 am #

    OMG Information overload! 

  22. Zebulon B
    March 3, 2015 at 2:07 am #

    Thought you used LRTimeLapse in your workflow

  23. Sebastian Sanchez
    March 3, 2015 at 2:10 am #

    Amazing tutorial, thank you very much! Clear, precise and didactic. 

  24. Lance Smith
    March 3, 2015 at 2:10 am #

    I’m researching to try and decide between the DP Stage R and Kessler’s new
    Second Shooter. I have a Kessler 4ft Pocket Dolly but even with that
    expense out of the way the Kessler Second Shooter is still ridiculously
    expensive. The UI on the Kessler SS is really intuitive which I like and
    they’re banging on about how their motors are digital, not steppers like
    their rivals. I don’t see a problem with stepper motors if you’re using
    Shoot/Move/Shoot for time-lapse. I’m really digging the DP Stage R based on
    quality in design and price. I was wondering if you’ve shot with the Second
    Shooter and can give an unbiased comparison on the two?

    Thanks heaps!

  25. Gary Plummer
    March 3, 2015 at 2:34 am #

    Superb. I have the TB3 not stage R but it translates perfectly; thank you
    for sharing your knowledge. I am off to Tasmania in 8 weeks to timelapse
    and fish myself to death and this has helped give me confidence and ideas;
    cheers :-)