"The home is the perfect place to learn time-lapse because it's so convenient and controlled," Alex explains. "In the outdoors, time-lapse becomes a little more challenging, with strong wind, rain or unexpected light changes. But you can easily develop your time-lapse understanding within the comfort of your own home. Even now, having shot time-lapse for eight years, I still test things indoors.
"Of course shooting indoors presents some challenges too. Homes are generally fairly static places, so it's your challenge as a photographer to think about how you are going to introduce change or motion to a scene. You also might not live in a show home (I certainly don't), but that doesn't stop you capturing the motions of everyday life, or focusing on smaller details. If you're shooting at sunrise or sunset, consider how artificial lighting indoors will change (or not) in comparison to the significant changes outside."
Alex suggests using stationary objects to contrast against the motion you're looking to capture. "For example, you can contrast the static nature of a window frame and ornaments with the haphazard motions of trees outdoors blowing in the wind, or clouds racing across the horizon. The static elements help to focus the viewer's attention on the motion in the scene."