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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.
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Rich: When it comes time to shoot your time-lapse, you're going to need to get the settings right in your camera. And I just want to revisit the exposure triangle for a moment, to hammer home the important points. Let's start with 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. In this case, we have a nice wide open area, mountain ranges, fields. I'm going to go down to a very small aperture, maybe F16. So there's a greater depth of field.
If I was shooting nighttime time-lapses, streaking cars, I might want some Bokeh and to see the blooming lights in the streets. The shot I'm showing you here was a much more wide-open aperture, because I wanted the streaking lights of the Vegas streets or, as you see here in Tel Aviv. Playing with these let me really get the blooming of the light. Now, aperture is a stylistic decisions, but you will also use it as a control method, to control how much light hits the sensor.
And, if you can't get it with aperture, remember you can always add a Neutral Density Filter.
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