Selfie's with your phone are fun, but you can do so much if you use your camera. You can control the depth of field, lighting, lens choice, and you can place the camera somewhere other than arm's length. All cameras have a timer built into them, and many of them allow you take three shots on a single timer setting so that you have more opportunity to get into the frame and get everyone looking the same direction. But even better than using the timer is using the timelapse mode--especially for photographing your own family. Time-lapse … [Read more...] about Portrait Tips: The Best Selfie Method–Shoot a Timelpase
Nature is extraordinarily complex and beautiful. It is easy to forget in our modern world just how powerful its forces are. Being a nature photographer presents constant, humbling reminders of this fact! A large part of what drives me is wanting to experience every facet of nature, then create and share images of these forces at work. In doing so, I am often going into potentially dangerous situations for me and my gear. In my part of the world, wildfires are a necessity to the health of our ecosystems. But, they are, to put it bluntly, … [Read more...] about Photographing a Dangerous and Extreme Force of Nature, Wildfires!
In part one of this tutorial, you learned how to create a time-lapse in Lightroom, with a setting of 24fps or 29.97fps. But what if you want to use a non-standard frame rate? Lightroom doesn't allow you to manually adjust how many frames are displayed per second if it's less than one frame. Perfect for slideshows — not-so-perfect for timelapses. But by knowing how to customize your time-lapse templates outside of Lightroom, you can slow down your timelapses (or speed them up), making for quite the cool effect. Locate Your Presets Folder In … [Read more...] about Creating a Timelapse in Lightroom: Part Two
From what I can tell by looking at specifications online and from my own experience, it looks like all the mirrorless camera manufacturers have made shooting time-lapse videos pretty simple. I know that all of my Lumix cameras can shoot time-lapse sequences. Time-lapse means that the camera automatically takes a picture at a set interval, like every two seconds, and then you can compile them together into a video using Lightroom or Photoshop or QuickTime or many other applications. The video shows the passage of time much faster than reality … [Read more...] about Mirrorless Camera Maniac: You Should Shoot More Time-Lapse
I've long been interested in capturing stop-motion, through timelapses on my camera. With my recent move to mirrorless, I thought there was no better time to try out some new techniques. Last week, I went to the Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival, to see if I could capture a timelapse of some of the carnival rides at night. Getting Started with Timelapses You don't need much to get started with a timelapse, especially if your camera has a timelapse mode or interval shooting mode. If your camera doesn't have this, you will need an … [Read more...] about Creating a Timelapse in Lightroom: Part One
Those who know me, know i've been a Timelapse fanatic since the first time I got to hang out with Michael Shainblum in San Diego about 4 years ago. I've been even more addicted to the gear and gadgets that have come out since then to help artists create visually stunning and dynamic time-lapse films. There are a LOT of options out there from the higher end and expensive motion controllers and rails, to the super low budget and simple egg timer with small camera mounted to the top. So how do you know what's right for you and at what price point? … [Read more...] about Cinetics Lynx Motion Control System Review
Time-lapse photography is the closest thing to how you shoot as a still photographer. It’s essentially clicking a shutter and making a single image, over and over again…potentially thousands of times sequentially. One of the things I love about time-lapse video is how compelling the end product is. It's just magical how you can see the passage of time. In order to do this, there's lots of things to put together. Essentially, hundreds, if not thousands of stills that get assembled into a finished movie. The good news is, is that time lapse is … [Read more...] about Creating a Timelapse Sequence with Lightroom
This is part 6 of a series on timelapse photography. Generally you’re going to avoid shooting in an Automated mode like Program, Shutter Priority, or Aperture Priority. You need to shoot manual to really control the camera. Let’s briefly revisit the Exposure triangle: Aperture. Remember the aperture is the size of the opening in your lens. And generally speaking, you're going to adjust this based upon the environment. If shooting mountain ranges or fields, I'm going to go down to a very small aperture, maybe F16. So there's a … [Read more...] about How to Expose the Shot for Timelapse Photography
This is part 5 of a series on timelapse photography. If you are incorporating time-lapse footage into a normal shooting schedule, keep in mind that it is going to tie up your gear for a while. Your camera may end up on a locked off tripod for hours (or even days). Plus you need to keep the frame clear. How do you stay out of your own camera’s way? It becomes critical to plan your shooting with additional constraints in mind. How Long to Shoot Knowing how many frames to shoot can be tricky. I recommend that you consider the subject … [Read more...] about Shooting Approach for Timelapse Photography
This is part 4 of a series on timelapse photography. Your camera offers two or even three ways to make a timelapse movie. The method you choose will influence both the quality of the final output and the amount of post processing time. Shooting JPEG You’ll choose JPEG if you're going to be likely recording for very long durations. Because of their smaller file size, you can shoot longer on the same card. JPEGs offer more sizes to choose from in camera, so you can choose an image size that more closely matches the requirements that you … [Read more...] about Choosing the Right Record Format for Timelapse Photography
This is part 3 of a series on timelapse photography. Let’s review some of the most important gear you can use with timelapse photography. This is the bare bones needs that won't set you back a lot of money. Tripod. The very first thing, you need is a rock solid platform. Now, in a pinch you might cradle your camera and set it on rock, but a far better choice is a real tripod. Now, by real I mean, get the best tripod you can afford. You want something solid. Not the rickety thing that you get at a big box electronic store. With … [Read more...] about Essential Equipment for Timelapse Photography
This is part 2 of a series on timelapse photography. When it comes to time-lapse, the primary objective is to get a great exposure in the camera. Revisit the Exposure Triangle, so you balance out the aperture, the ISO, and the shutter speed. This'll give you a proper exposure in camera. More importantly though, you need that exposure to not change over time. So you're going to need to learn to shoot manual. So that the camera doesn't adapt. If you've got a camera in automatic mode, the exposure's going to vary as the camera tries to … [Read more...] about What to Capture for Timelapse Photography
This is part 1 of a series on timelapse photography. Time-lapse photography is the closest thing to how you shoot as a still photographer. It’s essentially clicking a shutter and making a single image, over and over again…potentially thousands of times sequentially. One of the things I love about time-lapse video is how compelling the end product is. It's just magical how you can see the passage of time. In order to do this, there's lots of things to put together. Essentially, hundreds, if not thousands of stills that get assembled into a … [Read more...] about What is Timelapse Photography?