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How to timelapse with Samsung Galaxy Note3.

How to timelapse with Samsung Galaxy Note3 – a timelapse tutorial guide.

This is a how to instructions guide for making timelapse photography with Samsung Galaxy Note3. Hence the title, how to timelapse with Samsung Galaxy Note3. 😉


What is timelapse photography?

Timelapse photography allows us to see processes that would normally appear very subtle to the human eye, but when captured, enables us to see that process much more pronounced – such as a beautiful sunset, a blossoming flower, or melting ice. Below is an example, capturing the sunset in Norway. If you would like to try a timelapse, please read on – it is very easy to do once you know how to, and very impressive to your audience! – Nicole Lisa Photography


To be a bit more objective, a timelapse is a collection of photos put together in order to create a video or movie effect. The difference from normal videos is that the photos are taken with a certain time interval in between them, as to allow long processes (i.e. grass growing or sunset) to transpire in a short amount of time – creating the timelapse effect. The time intervals are normally 30 seconds or similar, but photos can also be taken minutes apart or even hours or days – last of which is often used when timelapsing a construction site.


How to timelapse with my Samsung Galaxy Note3, which is a android phone?

Yes, there are certain thing you’ll need in order to make your phone take the pictures at given intervals. With a normal camera (DSLR) you would normally use a shutter timer remote control (as the example seen here: SHUTTER TIMER) – but seeing that you are using a smartphone to capture the timelapse you will need the correct app. Scroll down to the equipment section to see which timelapse apps we recommend for android phones.


How to timelapse with Samsung Galaxy Note3 – Example:

How to timelapse with Samsung Galaxy Note3 – timelapse example.


Timelapse Settings: 15 sec intervals / 1403 pictures (using a aputure timer – see below)
Edited in Adobe Premiere (click here to learn more about Adobe Premiere Pro.)
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– Keen to try it out yourself? YES! If so, you will need:


1. (Necessity) A stable base / mount for your camera – this one has a 360 degrees rotating function to give you a panorama effect:


Link: Veho VCC-100-XL MUVI X-Lapse 360-Degree Photography and Timelapse Accessory

– This clever thing is BRILLIANT. A MUST-HAVE if you are doing a timelapse with a smartphone, not only is it a foldable support (it folds out – click link to see images and description).


It also has a rotational setting – which will turn the base/holder while you are taking the timelapse to ensure a rotating, panoramic effect (if you have seen a timelapse with this function, you’ll know how much professionalism that adds to a video), which in turn allows you to do 360 degree panoramic photos.


Btw, there is a tripod that goes with this base. Click HERE to check out the tripod as well – a sturdy tripod will give you much needed stability, as otherwise a single movement (e.g. a gust of wind) can ruin your whole timelapse.


Rotational settings:

  • Create 90° degree (15 minutes), 180° degree (30 minutes), 270° degree (45 minutes), 360° degree (60 minutes) sweeping time-lapse films.
  • Create 90° degree, 180° degree, 270° degree, 360° degree panoramic pictures

That is pretty spectacular, as a slider or similar device for a DSLR camera would normally cost around 100 dollars or more. This base is (pr today) valued at list price 45 dollars, but is now on sale via the link above for a 55% discount – a true daylight robbery of a price. It They also ship internationally, so it doesn’t matter where you live in the world.




2 . (Necessity) A compatible APP for your Samsung Galaxy Note3 (Android).

Download here: Lapse it Pro (Android)

– Seeing that you are using a android smartphone you will need a compatible app. Lapse it Pro is amongst the best timelapse APPs available. Basically, it allows you to take photos at a certain time interval and put them together in a timelapse video. Click on the image or link to read more about it.


3. (Optional) If you are interested in photography – you might want to upgrade to a DSLR camera:

Link: Nikon D600 24.3 MP is the professional’s choice.
– Finally, the power of a 24.3 MP Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor in a compact, streamlined HD-SLR body. Create brilliant full-frame images and 1080p videos. Capture every detail in stunning clarity with Nikon’s superior 39-point AF system with Scene Recognition. Empower your inner filmmaker with cinema-quality HD video recording features. Nikon FX-format quality has never been more attainable. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO LEARN MORE.



What do you need to make a timelapse

These days all high-quality tv-programmes and documentaries, shown on Discovery, National Geography, History channel and many more are riddled with amazing timelapse photography. This article “How to timelapse with Samsung Galaxy Note3”, a how to guide, lets you understand just how they do it – and even teaches you how to have a go at it yourself. Here is a description of the items you will need to create your own timelapse.


1. A DSLR camera

2. A timer device (available from the link above, for your make of camera). My camera is a Nikon D600 (click this link to learn more about the Nikon cameras – opens in a new window), and so I the type of timer displayed above. This timer, which works perfectly and is very easy to use. It is the same brand.

Alternatively; you can use the software CD that came with your camera, which usually has timing software on it. However, this means you always need to have a laptop with you, as opposed to the timer, which you can take anywhere.

3. A tripod (available from the link above). It is very important to keep the camera completely still throughout the timelapse, any movement of the camera will effectively ruin the timelapse, you will see an example of this later)

4. A good location: choose a location where changes in the environment are occuring – this can be places where there are many people, a sunset/sunrise, changing tides, moving clouds etc)

How to set up your camera

– Remember that some of these doesn’t apply if you are using a smartphone or tablet to take the timelapse, as the APP will do most of this for you.

  • Once you have chosen a suitable location, mount your camera on the tripod (or a stable area).
  • Auto focus on the image you will be taking. Once you have achieved focus, turn off autofocus if you are timelapsing a landscape, or a low light picture. This will save battery on your camera, and prevent shots from not being taken (due to failure of autofocus). However, if you are doing a timelapse of people it is best to leave autofocus on, as your camera will always have something to focus on.
  • For changing light conditions: use AV mode (or shutter priority), as your camera will automatically adjust to the changing light – such as in sunset timelapses.
  • Make sure your camera is not set to auto white balance, as this can create flickering.
  • To save battery – you can also turn of “image review” on your camera. Alternatively, you can use a external power source cord to avoid running out of battery.

Another timelapse example – How to timelapse with Samsung Galaxy Note3:

Setting the timer

You will notice once you have your timer (or any timer) that there are four main settings:

  1. Delay – This is the delay between each shot. You can leave this at 0, unless you have a long shutter speed (night photography)
  2. Long – This is for the shutter speed, for example if you are doing a time-lapse of the stars, and you need a shutter speed longer than 30 seconds.
  3. Interval – This is how often you would like to take a picture, for a fast changing environment (sunset), a good starting point is every 15 seconds.
  4. Number of shots – this is as it says – for the number of pictures you would like to take. You can set this, but it is easier to leave the setting at (—-). This will mean the camera will just carry on taking pictures until another limiting factor means no more pictures can be taken; for example expired, empty battery or unavailable space on the memory card.
How to timelapse with Samsung Galaxy Note3: Timelapse of the stars, with the pictures put together in a so-called starlapse (also known as astrophotography):
Starlapse, one of the things you can do with a time lapse. How to timelapse with Samsung Galaxy Note3.

General Tips

– Remember, some of this tips don’t apply if you are using a smartphone with a compatible APP to take the photos.


  • Shutter Speeds: pick a shutter speed which best suits the environment you are timelapsing, for example if you are timelapsing the stars, you will need a long exposure, to capture as much light as possible
  • Interval Times: For a fast changing environment, it is best to use minimal interval times, such as 15 seconds (sunrise/sunset). For a slow environment (timelapsing the construction of a building) you can use much greater interval times (perhaps 1 shot every 20 minutes)
  • Battery Power: Once you start timelapsing, you will find that your battery will last longer if you are shooting with quick shutter speeds, as opposed to those with long exposures. You can purchase an extra battery for your camera, but it may be hard to change the battery whilst not moving the tripod. A much better option for longer timelapses, is using an AC power adapter for your camera (available from amazon). One battery should last about 6 hours on an interval of 15 seconds in daylight (subjective to model and battery).
  • Image Settings: Set your camera to shoot in JPG, rather than RAW, as processing of each image will take much longer with RAW shooting (and use up the battery much quicker)


The most important aspect to time-lapse photography is the STABILITY of the camera. Do not allow the camera to move at all. Hope you enjoyed this article, if you have any questions on how to timelapse with Samsung Galaxy Note3 or anything regarding photography, be sure to let us know in the forum. We will help you out. Guaranteed. We can even help you assemble the photos into a timelapse movie.




A inspirational timelapse compilation:

– Article – How to timelapse with Samsung Galaxy Note3 – instructions and settings – provided by Nicole Lisa Photography for Superstoked Surfing Magazine. Mahalo, Nicole!


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– Did you know…?

You can do macro photography with your Samsung Galaxy Note3. Click here to read the macro tutorial.


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