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Creating Time-Lapse Video

Basic exposure with Adobe Camera Raw


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Creating Time-Lapse Video

with Richard Harrington

Video: Basic exposure with Adobe Camera Raw

Rich: One of the first issues I like to tackle, is the general exposure. Remember, the order of operations is fixed exposure first, and color second. That's because as you adjust exposure, things like the saturation in the image will be affected. I generally find, it's a lot easier to do things, in the right order. So, let's tackle the first problem. Okay, I have about three seconds of shots here and I just streamed my things down. And you notice, as we cycle through, there are some big shifts in exposure. Not because the settings of the camera changed.
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  1. 3m 55s
    1. Welcome
      34s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      1m 11s
    3. Using the exercise files
      2m 10s
  2. 4m 20s
    1. The end product
      1m 9s
    2. Why shoot with a still camera
      2m 0s
    3. What you're shooting for: Objectives
      1m 11s
  3. 7m 7s
    1. Frame size for delivery of time lapse
      1m 43s
    2. Frame size for acquisition of time lapse
      1m 45s
    3. Delivery frame rate of time lapse
      1m 36s
    4. Postprocessing choices for time-lapse photography
      2m 3s
  4. 17m 7s
    1. A solid tripod for time-lapse shooting
      4m 43s
    2. Using an internal intervalometer
      2m 15s
    3. Using an external intervalometer
      4m 37s
    4. Weather gear
      1m 6s
    5. Extending the power of the camera
      1m 28s
    6. Using a spare camera body
      50s
    7. Memory card selection
      2m 8s
  5. 5m 55s
    1. Shooting time lapse as JPEG files
      2m 15s
    2. Shooting time lapse as raw files
      2m 6s
    3. Shooting time lapse as movie files
      1m 34s
  6. 7m 34s
    1. Choosing a frame rate for time-lapse photography
      46s
    2. How long should you shoot?
      1m 10s
    3. Tracking the sun's position
      2m 50s
    4. Working the scene
      2m 48s
  7. 3m 4s
    1. Choosing the right aperture for time-lapse photography
      1m 6s
    2. Choosing the shutter speed for time-lapse photography
      50s
    3. Choosing the ISO for time-lapse photography
      1m 8s
  8. 10m 15s
    1. What does a slider add to the shot?
      2m 37s
    2. Building a slider
      3m 43s
    3. Basic moves on a slider
      3m 27s
    4. Keith's feature
      28s
  9. 8m 35s
    1. Stabilizing the phone
      2m 52s
    2. Setting up the shot with Lapse It
      1m 59s
    3. Using Lapse It
      1m 26s
    4. Using iStopMotion for iPad
      2m 18s
  10. 12m 8s
    1. Using a card wallet
      3m 9s
    2. Choosing a working drive
      3m 18s
    3. Transferring data
      5m 41s
  11. 8m 55s
    1. Using stacks in Adobe Bridge
      2m 29s
    2. Removing unwanted frames
      3m 2s
    3. Renaming and renumbering image sequences
      3m 24s
  12. 51m 54s
    1. Basic exposure with Adobe Camera Raw
      3m 30s
    2. Selective recovery with Adobe Camera Raw
      6m 25s
    3. Advanced recovery with Adobe Camera Raw
      5m 50s
    4. Reducing noise with Adobe Camera Raw
      2m 37s
    5. Removing spots with Adobe Camera Raw
      5m 41s
    6. Compensating for lens distortion
      5m 16s
    7. Stylizing the image with Adobe Camera Raw
      8m 49s
    8. Exporting the images to sequential files
      3m 42s
    9. Alternative workflow with Lightroom: Part one
      5m 36s
    10. Alternative workflow with Lightroom: Part two
      4m 28s
  13. 11m 16s
    1. Importing the image sequence
      2m 5s
    2. Refining the duration and frame rate
      2m 39s
    3. Adjusting the time-lapse sequence
      3m 35s
    4. Exporting the time-lapse sequence
      2m 57s
  14. 30m 22s
    1. Importing the image sequence
      1m 31s
    2. Refining the duration and frame rate
      3m 42s
    3. Frame blending
      3m 7s
    4. Adjusting the time-lapse sequence
      3m 33s
    5. Camera moves
      3m 54s
    6. Using flicker
      4m 59s
    7. Working with raw time-lapse sequences
      3m 35s
    8. Creating variable-speed effects
      3m 10s
    9. Exporting the time-lapse sequence
      2m 51s
  15. 11m 40s
    1. Importing the image sequence
      2m 23s
    2. Refining the duration and frame rate
      3m 39s
    3. Adjusting the time-lapse sequence
      2m 19s
    4. Exporting the time-lapse sequence
      3m 19s
  16. 12m 34s
    1. Importing the image sequence
      3m 17s
    2. Refining the duration and frame rate
      1m 53s
    3. Adjusting the time-lapse sequence
      4m 48s
    4. Exporting the time-lapse sequence
      2m 36s
  17. 1m 4s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 4s

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Creating Time-Lapse Video
3h 27m Appropriate for all Aug 14, 2013

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Learn how to speed up time and create compelling visual effects with time-lapse photography. Join Rich Harrington in the field as he captures nature's patterns at Red Rock Canyon in southwestern Nevada, and shows how to frame your scene and choose the proper camera settings. He'll show you how to capture great images, whether you're using a DSLR camera and a motorized slider or just a smartphone you have handy. Then join him back in the studio to transform your still footage into a storytelling time-lapse video, using tools like Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and Final Cut Pro.

This course was created and produced by Rich Harrington. We are honored to host this content in our library.

Topics include:
  • What is time-lapse photography?
  • Why shoot with a still camera?
  • Choosing a frame size and frame rate
  • Using an internal or external intervalometer
  • Selecting a memory card
  • Tracking the sun's position
  • Deciding how long to shoot
  • Using a slider
  • Shooting time lapse on a smartphone or tablet
  • Removing noise and spots with Adobe Camera Raw
  • Importing the image sequence
  • Refining the duration and frame rate
  • Blending frames
  • Creating variable speed effects
  • Exporting your sequence
Subjects:
Photography Video Shooting Video DSLR Video
Software:
After Effects Final Cut Pro Photoshop Premiere Pro Lightroom
Author:
Richard Harrington

Basic exposure with Adobe Camera Raw

Rich: One of the first issues I like to tackle, is the general exposure. Remember, the order of operations is fixed exposure first, and color second. That's because as you adjust exposure, things like the saturation in the image will be affected. I generally find, it's a lot easier to do things, in the right order. So, let's tackle the first problem. Okay, I have about three seconds of shots here and I just streamed my things down. And you notice, as we cycle through, there are some big shifts in exposure. Not because the settings of the camera changed.

Notice that I'm still in a Manual Exposure mode its just that the sun actually moved behind a cloud. So that would cause a bit of a change in the Exposure or at least the apparent exposure. Let's select all the images and choose Open in Camera Raw. I'll go to one of the middle frames, that's representative, that looks pretty close to the others. And we'll start there, that looks good. Let's begin by taking the easy path and clicking Auto. That does a decent job of a basic recovery.

I'll turn on the clipping warnings for Shadows and Highlights. Notice as I begin to lift the shadowy regions how they come in to play. If I lower the Exposure, the blue areas here indicate a clipping in the blue channel. Meaning that a absolute substitution of black has occurred. It's okay to have a little clipping in some of your Shadows, but try to minimize it in general. Next, I'll recover some of the Highlights and start to bring those down a bit. It's looking pretty good and we'll add a little bit of Clarity for some selective Contrast.

Followed by Vibrance to bring out the sky. Now we're going to explore this more later. But this was a day where I actually had a lot of sensor dust due to a windy day that I was out shooting. So I'm just going to take advantage of the spot remover here with a couple of quick clicks to remove them. And we'll do more with this tool a little bit later, as we fully explore its advanced capabilities. That's looking pretty good, let's go back to that main area. Overall the exposure feels pretty solid, I'm just going to lift it slightly. And notice I can look at my histograms for feedback along the way, that feels good.

I can choose a white balance method. Do not go with auto, though, or you'll get variation between frames. Instead take a look at some of the presets like Daylight, or Cloudy. Until you get the color feel that you want. These are a bit more accurate, but I actually like the look of daylight. That put a little bit of blue shades into the rocks, and gave them some texture. I'll lift those up a bit more. It feels pretty good, and at this point we could choose Select All and click Synchronize to apply those settings across the board. Let's make sure I'll choose everything.

And I can click OK, and those settings are applied. At this point, I'll click Done to store those. We'll take a look some other advanced options inside Adobe Camera Raw. But I want to show you what to deal with when you have a real tough exposure, and we'll do that next.

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