Time Delay Photograph Project

Here’s an easy project for your child to do, a time delay photograph project.  All you need is a digital camera or smartphone!  You will be amazed to see the difference between the photos and the way things grow that we don’t usually observe as it happens so slowly.



Decide on a subject.

Take pictures of your subject at regular intervals.

You could take a picture every minute for an hour, every day for a month, or once a fortnight for 3 months (or even once a month for a year.)

Make sure you stand in the same spot each time you take the photos.

Print out all the photographs at the end of the time period to compare them.

Ideas for Time Delay Photography Projects

  • Flowers opening
  • Plants growing
  • Mom’s pregnancy
  • Sunsets or sunrises
  • Construction projects
  • Self-portraits as you get older every year
  • A busy street over one day
  • Ice melting

Have you done a time delay photography project before? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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This website was created by Jill Holtz and Michelle Davitt, both of whom are mothers of young children. Jill and Michelle decided to create this resource themselves, and launched in 2007.