The novelty of Hyperlapse has worn off. Which is great. That means it’s time for you to get out there and make some art. For this week’s Shooting Challenge, film a Hyperlapse.

The Challenge

Film a Hyperlapse. You know, with the app. Then send us the Instagram link to post it.


The Method

My own Hyperlapses have been pretty hit or miss. This tutorial over at Wired is a decent place to start. A few takeaways from it: There’s no shame in locking your phone down to film a fairly traditional timelapse. It’ll look great. Also, the digital video stabilization that Hyperlapse is so known for comes with a cost: It trims off the pixels on the edges of your frame. So when filming, keep your subject centered, or else they may get cropped.


The Example

Our example is by former Gizmodo-er Matt Buchanan (hi Matt). His Instagram account is full of good Hyperlapses, like the one below, which has an extra smooth feel because the camera is still, but moving through space on a smooth train track.


The Rules - READ THESE

0. No watermarks. They’re so ugly.
1. Submissions need to be your own.
2. Photos must be taken since this contest was announced.
3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot.
4. Email submissions to, not me.
5. Include a link to your video
6. One submission per person.
7. Use the proper SUBJECT line in your email (more info on that below)
8. You agree to the Standard Contest Rules - though we DO accept non-US resident submissions.
9. If the image contains any material or elements that are not owned by you and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the image, you are responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the image in the manner set forth in these rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any image is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.


Send your best Hyperlapse by Monday, July 13th at 10AM Eastern to with “Hyperlapse” in the subject line. Give us a link to it. And include a story of the shot in a few sentences. And don’t skip this story part because it’s often the most enjoyable part for us all beyond the shot itself!