Shooting Time-Lapse with THETA S



Here is my favorite Theta S time-lapse so far: (shot on the roof of my carport on what started out as a clear night)


Ok but it is not 360 interaktive


Yeah - I tend to share mostly via Instagram, so much of my finished Theta work is flattened. I do love the tiny planet style stuff.



Just curious about you using Instagram. It seems like a lot of THETA users post on Instagram even though they can’t display 360 content. In your case, if you’re posting tiny planets, it doesn’t matter. But what do you do if you want to show 360 images?



Jesse - I occasionally post 360 images to my facebook page and share that way (haven’t posted much to my Theta account since Facebook and Youtube added 360 photo/video compatibility). There is one nifty app called Around Theta which will basically make a little looping video that spins around your 360 picture (you pick the starting point). It would be nice if Instagram added a 360 feature, but I do love the tiny planets. I am sure some of you know Ben Claremont… is he active here? He was one of the first Theta-enthusiasts I networked with on Instagram and Facebook.



Yes, I know and like Ben Claremont a lot. His tiny planet info and reviews of cameras and accessories is always super useful. I just recently bought a Manfratto extendable monopod based on his reviews, and really like it.

Is the Around Theta app called “Around Theta for SNS”? The description says “This App can make movies suitable for SNS such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram from photos taken by RICOH THETA S.” Is that the one? Is it good enough to add to the List of RICOH THETA Apps?



Jesse - That is the app. It isn’t a robust app like RollWorld or the desktop Insta360 app, but it seems to work well for what it is. Here is an example of a time I used it to share a 360 photo on Instagram:

Sorry to get off-topic in the Time-Lapse thread!



Nice work! I did a time-lapse too, plz check, also 4K with Theta S.


@tomriddle1234 - Very cool. Here is my last time-lapse experiment. I got really lucky with the clouds at night:


Cool. I shared this on Twitter too. Nice. BTW, you can share short animated gifs if you want.


Really cool nighttime time lapse, thanks for posting


I wasn’t in totality for this eclipse, but Boise was close enough to the path that I thought I’d try a Theta time-lapse. I found the experience very moving - the sudden temperature, light and sound changes are pretty amazing. It got dark enough here for the street lights to come on briefly. I was underwhelmed by my footage, but made this tiny planet version… It does show an interesting change in light and the shifting halo around the planet is pretty cool. The contrail at the end steals the show.

p.s. This shot I got during my Sunday trial run may be the best thing that came from all this eclipse shooting.



Wow, I think you did some cool things here. I agree, the “eclipse” didn’t come through, but the change in light is pretty dramatic. And, yes, the contrails shooting through near the end are neat.

Got a big laugh from the curious bee. :slight_smile:




@jcasman - I don’t think I’ve ever seen the rolling shutter effect on insect wings. It makes me wish I had some video of this same bee/Theta encounter.



can you give a few more details?

On all other Ricoh cameras you can leave the shutter speed, exposure time and ISO on auto and set the white-balance. Unfortunately on the Theta cameras you can’t do it so you have to choose shutter or ISO priority to enable the white-balance setting. I use ISO priority because it has a greater range of light that it can use without under/over exposing the image.

For daytime I set the ISO to lowest because the slower shutter speeds create movement blur which enhances the timelapse result. If you’re shooting on a cloudy day and want to be able to see the clouds then you should lower the exposure compensation a notch or two too as you can’t combine interval shooting with HDR.

At night i find it’s best to go full-manual as the auto exposures tend to be a bit conservative. On a tripod or clamp you can push the ISO & shutter speed towards their maximums but a lot of noise does creep in at higher ISOs.

Here’s one of my little-planet timelapses, a music video I made for a friend’s band:


Thanks for the insight on the white balance being connected to shutter or ISO priority. I’ve noticed that but didn’t know it was different on other cameras. Thanks also for the hint on full-manual settings at night. Do you have any suggestions for testing? I’ve found I will try some new settings, but have trouble looking at the results, tweaking and reiterating in similar conditions. I guess it’s just more repetition and trial and error?


Do not forget to see the YouTube 4K wood splitter video
by clicking an the small video projector at the tractor :rofl:


Check the red lens flare, it disappear when the the clouds come in front of the sun, i think the typical THETA red spot are the sun itself projected trough the prisms inside the camera :theta_s:


This is a good hint about the red spot. I will try and test it myself.


The red spot newer appears on the 10 times bigger DSLR images (140 megapixel)
i think it is THETA specific, turning the Theta around
the red spot mows to the other lens.