In early 2000, at the age of 19, Noah Kalina began taking a photo of himself with the same facial expression—every single day. Six years and over 2,000 photographs later, Kalina turned his project into a time-lapsed montage on YouTube. In just one day, his video received over a million views.
This was one of the first viral videos I ever watched.
The popularity of the video has spurred imitators, but they rarely fare quite as well as Kalina's version, due to the strenuous routine one must follow to pull it off. Now, 7 years after the original video, Kalina is still going strong and continuing his project by taking a photo every single day.
If you've ever wanted to make your own photo montage, but don't want to spend a ton of time on it, there's an app that helps make the process a whole lot simpler using your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 or other Android device.
Developed by Andrew Dyer Smith, a technical account manager for Google, PhotoCron allows you to easily create a time-lapse video out of all of your pictures. Once you decide on a project, you can either take a photograph everyday, or at any other time interval, and set alarms along with each project so that you'll never forget to take a picture.
Taking the picture is also easy, with use of both the front and rear cameras. If you decide to take self portraits, you can align your photo with a simple guide that shows up on the screen (left), or by overlaying it with the last photo you took (right).
Once you finish your project, PhotoCron can automatically turn your pictures into a time-lapse video. Check out the video below to see an example of how it looks when it's finished.
All the photos you take through the app are stored in their own folder on your device, so if you get a new phone, you can transfer over all your pictures. You can find more information on the app's website, and download it free from Google Play.
iPhone users can check out Everyday for iOS.
Much like PhotoCron, the app lets you set reminders for when to take pictures, with an adjustable grid to line your face up or an overlay of the last photo you took.
If you're shooting with a real camera instead of a smartphone, you can turn the photos into a cool 360-degree timelapse around a building, or build a weatherproof enclosure for super long outdoor timelapses.