Planning an addition to your home can be a major undertaking, even if you aren't physically doing the work yourself. This process will involve a series of meetings with your contractor; shopping trips to pick out the flooring, paint colors, and fixtures that you want; and a lot more. When the addition is set to get underway, your work might be done—but there's one more project that you can consider. Shooting time-lapse images of the work can require a bit of attention, but it's a fun project that will leave you with an end product that commemorates the addition. Here are some tips for tackling this idea.
Identify The Right Location
Consider the placement of the addition and brainstorm the best angle from which to shoot. You can shoot your time-lapse images from outdoors or indoors, but the main thing to think about is setting up your camera in an area that will provide an unobstructed view of the work taking place. Perhaps the best approach is to set the camera up outdoors for the initial part of the addition, and then when your contractor moves inside to add the finishing touches, move the camera inside, too.
Choose Your Camera
Your smartphone's camera app likely has a time-lapse setting on it, but you aren't going to want to leave your phone at the work site all day. A better choice is to buy an action camera. Action cameras are waterproof, which means that you can set your camera up outdoors without worrying about the rain. You'll also need some type of mount, but many are available. With a clamp mount, for example, you can easily position the camera on your fence or on a tree, aimed at the site of the addition. Indoors, you could clamp the camera to any indoor fixture, including an overhead light, so that it captures the scene.
Adjust Your Settings
Time-lapse functionality generally allows you to customize how frequently you want the camera to snap an image. It could be every second, or it could be once a minute or longer. With a home addition, it's a better idea to opt for longer intervals between photos, as this project may go on for weeks. For example, opting for one photo every 10 minutes will still leave you with a significant number of photos. When the work wraps up each day, clear off your SD card so that it always has a full capacity, charge your camera's battery, and then set it up to be ready for when your contractor arrives in the morning. At the conclusion of the project, you can string together the images with basic editing software, and enjoy seeing the addition take place. Be sure to share the video with your contractor, too.
When you decide on a contractor, such as Genuine Home Builders Inc, for your project, make sure you go over your plan to create a time-lapse slide show. This way, you can make sure the camera won't be in their way.