Photography: Sequence Shots


Life is a series of events - one occasion leads to another occasion and in turn leads to yet another, forming a chain. Photography is about capturing the events in life and documenting them as still memories. Combine these two and the result: sequence shots - sequences of life, frozen in time and beautifully strung together through pictures.

Sequence photography is an art that exudes a vibe with each successive image and that amplifies in intensity to the final element. It can evoke an incalculable number of atmospheres. The unique and impressive characteristic of sequence shots is that unlike individual pictures that are independent and which speak for themselves, sequence pictures rely on one another to reveal a story, a motion, or a scenario. Each shot is dependent on the shot that precedes it in order to flow cohesively, similar to a train carriage that has to rely on the unit before it all the way to the driving cab to trudge the railways.

In my opinion, the fitting way to string sequence images together is by encasing them in negative film strip frames or in postage stamps' frames linked by perforated lines.

This hub's aim isn't to instruct the techniques of sequence photography as it is basically a logical step by step procedure; it is merely to highlight the common few forms of this art, and, in the process, to share some of my sequence pictures for my readers' viewing pleasure which I hope everyone would enjoy.


One of my favorite styles of sequence shots. It's interesting to take pictures of food in its ongoing course of being consumed, and this is how sequence shots in this category are mostly taken. Another option would be the process of food rotting, such as the growth of bacteria on a slice of bread.



Nature constantly evolves; that is what makes it alluring, easy, and suitable to take sequences of - it is always there, available to be photographed. Get creative - excellent subjects include approaching waves gaining momentum, ripples of water on a pond, accumulation of dewdrops on a leaf, sunflower heads turning in accordance to the sun's direction, decaying of an organism, and beneath, movement of clouds over a hill.



Probably the most fascinating type of sequence photography, growth sequences have always have people marveling at the transformation and maturity of a living thing over a period of time strung into a mega-fraction of a specific period. Very recommendable for editing into a video.


Photographing animals is always pleasurable, entertaining, and most of all, effortless. That is because there is not a need to have your subject in poise; animals naturally pose, though unconsciously. All there is to do is to have your camera's lenses focused on your subject, ready to click away; the opportunities for this sequence are countless. Shooting in burst mode is preferable and recommended as animals move around continuously. It will be easier then to capture their consecutive movements in split seconds.


Candid action

One normally associates action sequences with vibrancy, and sports perhaps come into thought. But action does not necessarily have to be about the adrenaline force, it just has to be a chronological series of something done such as a couple taking a video in front of the Coliseum and then viewing it instantly on their video camera.



This style is fitting for a vacation travelogue, especially if it is about a road-trip on a RV. All the pictures can then be compiled into a single album to have the feeling of going through the entire trip again when flipping through the images. This sort of documentation would also assist in aiding the memory of any trivial details that have been forgotten about the journey, which would be bound to happen.

This kind of sequence is commonly taken from a moving automobile, but it can also be taken while on foot, such as strolling down an avenue and subsequently capturing the image ahead of you at short intervals with your camera held in the same position. Below is a short sample sequence of a gondola ride taken while cruising through the narrow waterways of Venice.



Time-lapsed sequence has a static element, either the subject or its setting. It focuses on the difference of a constituent that takes place over a specific period of time contrasting against a constituent that does not. Shown beneath are two wonderful examples: the day to night backdrop of the Brandenburg Gate and the flow of passersby on a street.



Process can be defined as a structure of building blocks leading to a final outcome, a finished product. It is documentation of a beginning to an end. A process sequence must always have a concluding element. Suitable scenarios: a cake baking, a building constructed, a candle burning, or as below, an origami crane's folding steps.


Zoom Sequence

This sequence plays with intensity. A dramatic style that has the subject inching closer bit by bit.


Angular Sequence

This sequence has two varieties - a 180º viewpoint or a 360º viewpoint. Taken from consecutive angles, it is customarily used as a generalized model to depict the dimensions of an object.


First published on July 15, 2011

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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

Your examples of sequence photography have given me some great ideas of how to present some of my photographs. Since I often take many shots of the same subject, putting together a sequence would be fairly simple and make the photo presentation much more meaningful. I love your creative sequences, especially the bird shots and the sequence of toast being eaten. Voted up!

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Carmen H 5 years ago Author

Thanks for stopping by, Stephanie. So elated that I could sort of inspire you. I began thinking about the types of sequence shots seriously when I wanted to put all my excess photographs of one subject to use. And, yes, I especially love the toast sequence too.

Thank you for your vote as well!

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Robin Anderson 5 years ago from United States

Thanks for the new ideas, and I LOVE the frames that you use to show your sequence shots... the negative strip and the stamps edge!

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Carmen H 5 years ago Author

Thanks for your comment, Robin. Glad you love the frames, even the unconventional stamps' borders. I've stop by your profile page and saw that you will be writing lots of hubs on photography; so, if you have any new ideas on how to present sequence shots, do share them: )

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SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

Carmen, you have inspired me to string sequence images together. It's a fun way to play with the photographs. You have some great shots, like the time-lapsed sequence and the zoom sequence. Your toast sequence is wonderful!

Thanks for sharing these great ideas.

Voted up and useful!

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Carmen H 5 years ago Author

You are very much welcome, SanneL : ) It's a pleasure to hear from you again.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and for voting up!

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agvulpes 4 years ago from Australia

G'day Carmen :) like many of the other commentators above I am also inspired by the Hub to have a go at the Photography Sequence shots process.

Love the frames that you have used to tie all the shots together.

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Carmen H 4 years ago Author

G'day to you too, my Aussie buddy! Thank you for making my day by telling me how this hub has the ability to inspire. Good luck and many awesome and perhaps new results with your sequence photography: )

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Nora411 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

Wow you have a real eye for photography. Love the sequence shots and the scenery of the sequence shots. Voted up and Interesting!

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Carmen H 4 years ago Author

Hi, Nora411, nice to see you here! Happy to know that you enjoy them. Thank you for visiting and for your votes.

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