LOS ANGELES – Droves of people are in planning stages to get the best shots possible of the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21.

For most of us, getting photos of the sun with our tiny smartphones just won’t cut it. But you know what will? A cool time-lapse of the scene, as we watch the sun slip briefly behind the moon, and day becomes night and then day again.

How to get a great time-lapse shot? You’ve come to the right spot. Especially if you’re interested in doing it on a smartphone or with the tiny GoPro camera. 

You’ve seen the time-lapse shots often in movies, in opening sequences when the world seems to speed by, clouds move to a different rhythm and people are running, not walking, through the streets, at ultra high speeds. For a crash course, check out the opening of Netflix’s House of Cards.

House of Cards Main Title Sequence from Drew Geraci (District 7 Media) on Vimeo.


Time-lapses look cool, and are really easy to do.

Let’s start with your smartphone.

Both recent iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones have a time-lapse feature within the camera app.

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