Time-lapse photography is a technique whereby the frequency at which the frame rate is much lower than that used to view the sequence. When put together to play a movie at normal speed, time appears to be moving faster and thus lapsing. That would be the definition of time lapse photography, and, classic examples of scenes that fit well with this technique are: sunrise, sunset, flower blooming and plants growing, moving clouds, driving cars seen from a far distance, people walking, or even the evolution of a construction project.

This technique appears to be a bridge between photography and movie making, more movie making oriented since you will, traditionally, blend more frames together.

You might believe that this technique is hard to perform, but, in fact, it’s one of the simplest photography techniques there is. You don’t need to have super complicated camera settings and adjustments. All you have to bare in mind is keeping the exact same spot for the camera while taking the photos. Basically, what you need is: a tripod, a camera, and a lot of patience.

The frame rate of time-lapse movie photography can be varied to virtually any degree, from a rate approaching a normal frame rate (between 24 and 30 frames per second) to only one frame a day, a week, or more, depending on subject. This makes your choices very broad.

Now comes the big question: what if you don’t want to make a short movie out of those frames you took? What if you could show the entire change between the frames in one single photograph? Sound impossible, but, photographer Dan Marker-Moore managed to do this, and the result is simply amazingly eye-catching.

Instead of blending the photographs into a movie by putting them one after the other, he cropped slices of each picture and placed them one next to the other. In short, he created a series of collages in which a single image is made up of slices of photos taken in a time lapse.

The vertical slices of photos are arranged diagonally or horizontally, such that the slice on the left was taken just a few moments before the one on the right. The resulting image captures the array of colors when the sun rises over a city, or as dusk approaches the skyline in beautiful hues of blue, orange, and red.

The difficulty in this creative time lapse photography technique, is to blend the slices so well, that the image of the city will appear natural, as in one single frame. Think of panoramic photography. It’s the same concept: you blend several images to create a naturally flowing landscape.

In a recent interview, aerial photographer Dan Marker-Moore, said that for his images, the capturing process for each frame can vary from a few minutes to several hours. In order to layer each photo individually into one composite, he uses either After Effects or Photoshop. According to him, “important aspects of a winning timeslice include good variation of color in the sky and strong subject.”

Now, let’s see some of his best “Time Slices”.

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You can watch more on his website, and purchase prints here.

Whether it is a cup of coffee or a cup of tea, people drink it all the time. And every time they drink it, there is a story coming with it. Some people like to drink it alone, to taste it while thinking about their own little world with their big problems. Other people like to gather and socialize in the morning at work, holding a hot cup of coffee and a cigarette.
Either way, this old habit of drinking tea or coffee is always full of emotions, always meaning-full. This is probably the reason why the good old cup of beverage has been photographed over and over again.
Pictures representing the morning coffee or tea have gone viral. Because EVERYONE is drinking a cup. It might be bitter, with sugar, with or without milk, but it’s a daily habit.
Why not make a photographic story out of a daily habit that millions of people have in common?
In this article, I will start by showing you examples in order to trigger some ideas in your head, and then, I will talk about the actual process of taking a photo of a coffee cup.

Choose your theme and set your coffee cup scene

What makes the difference between the many photographs out there, is the mood that theses inspire.
The “good morning” wishes almost always have a glamour or vintage mood obtained in the process of photo editing. Here are some examples:

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Another highly photographed scene involving a coffee, is the art of shaping the foam on top of the coffee. The possibilities here are endless. Oh, and by the way, if you are interested in finding out more about the coffee foam art, check out the latest, most incredible coffee foam art by Kazuki Yamamoto.



Classic associations of coffee and other things are:

  • Coffee + a person drinking it. Don’t forget: every picture tells a story. I choose to show you different kind of scenes, with people of all ages, alone or in a group.

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Here’s my personal shot:

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  • Coffee + a book or notebook or newspaper
  • Coffee + coffee beans and cinnamon
  • Coffee + breakfast
  • Coffee + the shape of the heart
  • Coffee + splash
  • Coffee + hands
  • Coffee + window
  • Coffee + bed

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However, if you don’t want to follow this trend because you find it cliche, than go for something original and “out of the box”. Here are a few ideas that made me smile:

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If you are wondering what to do with your cup of coffee, how can you monetize a picture of it, let me tell you that I have seen a lot of book covers that use an image of a coffee cup. It’s universal. Or, your local coffee shop might need some promotional materials and your pictures might come in handy.

Now, let’s see how to replicate the technical details of the above examples.

How to photograph a coffee cup

The first thing you notice, is that these images don’t have a lot of colors. Most of them have a clear brownish tint, while others were converted to sepia tone completely. In order to obtain the best quality image, you will need to create an environment that is mainly formed by warm colors.

Another thing you need to put on the priority list, is the contrast of your picture. Most good-looking pictures of coffee cups have a white colored cup. Why? Because the coffee itself is dark-colored. So, in the end, most of the above pictures have this contrast pattern: dark background – white cup – dark coffee. An advantage of the dark background is the fact that it allows you to capture the steam raising from the hot coffee. You can accent the steam a little with a powered down fill flash and a diffuser.
Ah, and… one more thing: make sure the coffee cup looks clean, without unaesthetic stains.

Next in line, is the aperture. Again, most of the shots have a narrow depth of field because the focus is on the cup, and the background must be only a splash of color. If you have other artistic elements in the picture, such as a cinnamon roll, or a book, or eye glasses, then you have to make sure these are also captured in the focused area. (However, don’t overload the scene with too many elements. You need to keep the attention on the cup and avoid distractions.) In this case, it’s best to have the scene set far away from the wall, in order to obtained a blurred background.
When you photograph a person drinking from a cup, then you can enlarge your depth of field, and follow the usual rules that apply to portrait photography.

For a more in-deep tutorial on how to shoot a cup of coffee in the studio, watch the below video. Here you will find out about the proper lighting in coffee photography.


Show-casting your photography on designated sites such as Flickr, Deviantart, and others, is always a good idea. But, that also means your art is displayed among the art of thousand other people. It could be hard for someone to find you and identify you as THE photographer.

This is just one of the reasons why having a personal website for your photography is also a good idea. To be sure, you should have both: accounts on designated general web-galleries and a personal website just for your gallery.

Creating a professional portfolio with html, flash, java, is time consuming, expensive, and it won’t give you any advantage over the existing WordPress portfolios.

You can compare having your own WordPress gallery to an online portfolio. Except, you online-gallery will contain MORE photos.

For this reason, when choosing your WordPress Theme, you need to take into account the same rules I explained for portfolio creation here: http://www.photoaxe.com/10-rules-for-creating-a-proffesional-photography-portfolio/

Before we proceed, I want to mention that the best-looking and more reliable themes do require you to pay a small amount of money. If you truly care about how your gallery looks like and if you care about the visitor’s experience while browsing your photos, then don’t go for a free or cheap theme.

What I am going to present you next, are some absolute MUST SEE resources when choosing your WordPress gallery theme.

1. The “Mother” of all WordPress Photography designated themes is this this website:


2. Here you can find another selection of great WordPress Photography Themes:


3. And lastly, you should also check this out:


WordPress Themes are easy to install and manage. You can customize them to obtain a more personal look. Then, updating with new photos is just as easy as uploading them into a general specialized website such as Flickr and Deviantart.

WordPress platform will allow users to comment and vote on your photos, which is another great advantage.

Below are five of my favorite Themes. Test them out by clicking on each!!!