Have a big mess in a room and want to make a timelapse video of the room cleanup, watching the mess disappear and room getting cleaned. The mess is really big so it will take several X-hour sessions distributed over several days or even weeks to clean the room completely.
The shot can take different perspectives:
I am complete newbie to timelapse video, so I wonder how to make this happen and if there are any caveats and things to watch for in this particular scenario (since most timelapses are done outdoors).
In particular, I have several questions:
How big time interval between pictures. Of course depends on the speed of my clean up. There are parts of the room where the change will be seen very quickly - it can change drastically in 30 minutes, in other parts it will take a lot more time to make some change. So I guess the time interval would range from 30 seconds to several minutes, right?
One perspective shot with tripod or multiple perspectives shot hand-held? I have two options: a) choose one perspective and then use tripod and Magic Lantern (I have Canon EOS 700D), or b) every once a while shoot hand-held from different perspectives. The advantage of b is that I will have few timelapse videos from different angles. The disadvantage is that hand-held shots will differ a bit in perspective between any single shot (see question 3). Also, it would bother me to have to make this shot every minute or so!
The problem with setting a tripod is that it would be only comfortable in perspectives 3 & 4, otherwise it obstructs in the doors.
How to handle slightly different angles. Since the clean up will span over multiple sessions accross multiple days or weeks, there will probably be slight differences in perspective and angles even with using the tripod. Even if the tripod is set up permanently (which is possible only for perspectives 3 and 4), one can expect slight movements or shifts between sessions that would result in slightly different shots.
This would probably require some transformations of the images so that they fit together - is the timelapse software able to accomplish this?
How to handle different light conditions over time (exposure, white balance etc.)? Since the cleanup will be done within the span of several days or weeks, there will definitely be different light conditions accross the whole video. The daylight will have different intensity when sunny or cloudy. Also, sometimes I would clean the room in the night while enlighted with a bulb.
How do you recommend approach this issue? Is it good to set constant manual exposure during one session? Or aperture priority mode in case the light changes during session (sun/clouds). Is it essential to avoid mixing daylight with bulb light? Etc.
How to handle the contrasts. The perspectives 1 & 2 have window in the shot, so there is huge contrast between shadows and the window. Do you recommend to use dual ISO feature for these perspectives?
Which perspective do you like most, from artistic point of view? I think I like perspective 3 the most, since the scene is not broken by window, and I prefer perspective 3 over 4 because 4 is too much "view from above" with nothing really close in the front. It lacks the feeling of being burried inside of the mess, which is present in perspective 3 :-)
Any other caveats or things to be cautious about? This will be my first timelapse so I will appreciate any related advices, even when not asked explicitly above. Thanks a lot!