The ‘HighTechHobbyist’ of the Month: Kirill Neiezhmakov

This is a monthly article featuring a chosen ‘HighTechHobbyist’. Some of these guests will be well-known in the tech community, while others will be up-and-coming amateurs. Included will be an interview of the ‘Hobbyist’, along with some of their ‘HighTech’ work. I will  also ask the featured ‘Hobbyist’ to give any tips that may help out the ordinary hobbyist.

The featured ‘HighTechHobbyist’ of the month is Kirill Neiezhmakov. Kirill is known by most for his breathtaking hyperlapses/timelapses of urban settings. It’s no surprise his videos have garnered millions of views across Youtube and Vimeo. He’s also won many awards for his work. Some of Kirill’s best videos are included throughout the article. For those not familiar with hyperlapses, it is, in simple terms, a timelapse with motion. Kirill uses a combination of hyperlapses along with some other amazing effects and transitions (some of the best transitions I’ve seen) to make these videos.

What got you interested in making hyperlapses?
When I learned how to take good photos on my camera in manual mode in 2011 (I only had the compact camera Canon sx210) I found on one forum a hyperlapse video which inspired me to try the same.

How’d you learn to make these beautiful hyperlapses?
When I started to learn, I used only one video tutorial about normal timelapse. For other help I had to search in discussions on forums. I tried to create something by myself and see what is good and what is not.

TheHighTechHobbyist’s Note: If you want a good tutorial on how to make a hyperlapse from start to finish, here’s a good video on Youtube: Complete Hyperlapse Tutorial

What type of equipment do you use?
Canon 2x60d, 70d
Sigma 10-20 mm 4-5.6
Tokina 11-16 mm 2.8
Samyang 8 mm 3.5
Canon 17-55 mm 2.8
Canon 70-200 mm 4L
Vanguard Abeo Pro tripod
GoPro Hero 4 Black

What are your favorite photo/video editing programs to use?
Adobe After Effects, Adobe Lightroom, and LRTimelapse

What has been your favorite cities to capture hyperlapses of?
Porto, Hong Kong, and Paris. These cities have a lot of interesting things to capture.

Do you have any big upcoming projects?
I am now shooting hyperlapses in Italy (Milan, Florence, Venice).

What tips do you have for amateurs looking into making timelapses/hyperlapses?
Watch good [hyperlapse/timelapse] videos, try to shoot a lot of things, and get experience.

Thanks Kirill! I look forward to seeing your video of Italy. You can see more of Kirill’s work on his Youtube ( and Vimeo ( channels.

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