All of us have seen time-lapse photography but only a few of us have ever done it. Now, thanks to a cell phone which is also a computer and a camera, anyone with an iPhone can take time-lapse photos like a pro. These apps allow you to program the video feature of your iPhone to take a photo every X seconds or hours and to take X number of photos before it stops. For example, you can tell your phone to take 360 pictures 15 seconds apart and you will wind up with a 90-minute time-lapse video of whatever your iPhone 4 was pointed at during those 90 minutes.
So you can shoot one of those traffic time-lapses, or perhaps a time-lapse of the weather to amuse and amaze your friend. I have three of these apps, confusingly titled TimeLapse, TimeLapse, and TimeLapse. One of the three was free (by Yuval Frndzel, and the other two (a different one by Yuval Frandzel and one by Manfred Nerurkar) were $1.99 apiece. Just go to the App store and search for “timelapse.”All of them give you a lot of control over the parameters of your time-lapse, such as which camera to use, how often to snap a photo, how many total photos to take, flash control, etc. In short, they all take decent time-lapse photos, once you figure out the best parameters for your scene.
My favorite may be the one by Manfred Nerurkar, which has the greatest number of options and actions, especially those which let you share your time-lapse projects. But all three of them are great fun to experiment with and show to your friends and family. It’s amazing how easy it can be to take time lapse photos and share them with a camera that is also a computer and a phone.