Time-lapse capture in extreme weather conditions

A professional time-lapse and site monitoring service guarantees continuous capture, even in the most extreme of weather conditions.

In all weathers

When faced with unpredictable outdoor conditions – rain, snow, sleet, wind – it is essential that time-lapse equipment can function in any weather. Regardless of how long the camera system is required for, it must be able to provide complete, uninterrupted coverage for clients.

Whether the subject of capture is the construction of a building a large-scale housing development, or even the weather itself, a successful time-lapse video relies on how well the camera system can withstand the surrounding external environment.

Time-lapse toolkit

Firstly, what is needed to time-lapse outdoors? Professional time-lapse providers are equipped to handle it all because their service includes the following things:

1. Reliable camera protection

It is imperative that the system’s software remains unaffected by its surroundings.

In the winter months, especially, freezing temperatures pose a threat to the functionality of certain components. Therefore, climate control must be a priority for camera systems to combat adverse weather, providing heat or cooling as required. Precipitation and condensation must also be dealt with as too much moisture could compromise the camera system.

Regulating temperatures in this way ensures that equipment always performs at its best so that the quality of the image is consistent throughout the project.

2. Secure fixing

It is not only moisture that could compromise capture but forceful winds can affect the positioning of the camera system if it is not mounted securely in place.

It may not be possible to fix to permanent structures so it is sometimes necessary to use bespoke materials in order to install successfully. Sturdy brackets and other custom-built fixings enable the camera system to be adaptive in its surroundings.

This also means that the camera system can be kept in place during periods of adverse weather. A secure camera is needed to maintain a steady and consistent image throughout such adverse conditions.

3. Remote access & monitoring

Thanks to wireless technologies, professional camera systems are also built with remote capabilities.

Although systems are programmed to provide regular interval photography without the shutter having to be pressed manually, conditions outdoors are precarious so it is still necessary to monitor capture closely. Remote access enables providers to adjust exposure and shutter speed settings to ensure that clarity and quality remain consistent in spite of changing weather conditions.

Additionally, potential problems affecting the camera system can also be observed from any location that is connected wirelessly to the same network. This reduces the risk of capture becoming compromised, even in the most extreme weather.

4. Experienced engineers

Finally, engineers with experience and knowledge of working outdoors in all weather guarantees that jobs are carried out safely and efficiently. Detailed plans and liaisons with clients must take place before capture can begin so that those involved can be prepared.

Making the right decisions regarding installation, capture and overall management of the system all year round is yet another insurance against unpredictable weather patterns. Also equipped with the appropriate industry accreditations, as well as extensive health and safety training, any project is taken care of.

Time-lapse of weather

All of these things result in a time-lapse video that can be put to use by clients in various ways – for publicity, marketing, or informative purposes.

A crane in view with construction underway at Wellington Place for MEPC.
Above: one of our time-lapse construction images capturing major works in Leeds as well as a stunning blue sky.

Some time-lapse videos render vigorous demolition and construction work in an impressive visual narrative.

Differing weather conditions can enhance the dynamism of the action that unfolds in such a sequence, with sunshine, snow, and even cloud, creating atmospheric scenes. A bright blue sky littered with fluffy clouds or a snowy cityscape, for example, can provide the perfect backdrop to external works and activities.

Our time-lapse (below) documenting the construction of a special grandstand at St Andrews in Scotland, for example, includes some beautiful cloud formations, despite the weather being notoriously challenging during capture.

Weather itself is a visual trend of time-lapse production; shifts in weather patterns and seasonal conditions are captured by amateur and professional photographers alike.

Like a long-term project involving months of building work, the effects of extreme weather conditions can also take some time to accumulate. Time-lapse photography is the ideal tool for showing both, as years, months, weeks, days and hours play back at a faster rate than captured, rendering such effects as almost immediate.


When capturing any manner of outdoor work, then, it makes sense to utilise the services of professionals, to provide reliable and robust solutions that will give you peace of mind during the most extreme of weather.

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