‘Those Christmas lights…’ – festive time-lapse

We are now into the final month of the year and that means Christmas will be here before you know it. As it is such a vibrant time of year – full of colour, light and festivities – there is a lot of fun to be had with a camera.

To mark the beginning of the festive season, we look to time-lapse photography and the wonderful ways in which Christmas is seen through a lens. We feature some videos that cover the main ingredients needed to capture the spirit of this special time of year.

Crafting Christmas

Christmas crafts are a good way to get into the swing of things.

Drawing snowy scenes, featuring Santa, sleigh & reindeer, Christmas trees and snowmen, can help to set the tone for what’s to come. Time-lapse is an effective tool for documenting such activities – it is interesting to see a festive scene being sketched out in a matter of seconds.

While these sorts of videos are fun, they can also be used by way of a tutorial so that others can give it a go themselves.

Studio Beshart does just that. Using the method of stop motion, this short video demonstrates how to assemble a paper Christmas tree in a few basic steps.

Of course, it would not be right to mention craft without making reference to Minecraft. The game allows you to build a virtual world and incorporate festive elements to create the perfect scene. This toy store, equipped with wreaths, snow, a doll house, and a decorated tree – even though made out of pixels – can still call up the Christmas spirit.

‘Those Christmas lights…’

A key ingredient to creating the perfect atmosphere at this time of year is those Christmas lights!

Giving off colour, warmth, adorning buildings and trees in homes and city centres, is the perfect festive backdrop. The above impressive time-lapse by Mattia Bicchi Photography illustrates the magic of Christmas lighting in the iconic location of London.

The crispness and clarity of the image helps to bring out the colours of these world famous lighting displays in recognisable locations, such as Oxford Street, Regent Street, Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden. Use of rapid interval capture also emphasises the hustle and bustle of this busy but picturesque city.

Christmas lights in the home are also a sight worthy for time-lapse. The time needed to decorate the home – and just the tree alone – can take several hours to complete. Capturing this ritual in an annual video can be a rewarding thing to do, like this video shows.

Festive foods

Last but certainly not least to add to the Christmas mix – food!

Turkey, roast potatoes, parsnips and pigs in blankets, or whatever is traditional for you this Christmas, the spread is definitely a highlight of this festive season.

To finish on this note and with a touch of creative flare, this video from Green Charmeleon combines traditional festive ingredients with a seasonal message to send to their clients.

We’ll have more Christmas-themed blogs between now and the big day but we hope that these have been enough to get you in the mood for this busy but colourful season.

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