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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: As we get ready to start shooting time-lapse, we have to take a moment to just get a bit technical. And I'll apologize up-front. Like many of you, math was not my favorite subject in school. But, when it comes to making time-lapse, there's just a couple of concepts you have to master. So, I strongly encourage you to hang in through all of these technical movies. So you could really understand what it takes to pull off time-lapse. The first thing you have to understand is the delivery frame size. And this really just cuts down to, what are you going to be making. Are you making standard HD video, 1080p? Well, that tends to be 1920 by 1080, or are you doing 720p at 1280 by 720.
The cool thing is that you're not limited just to standard or high-def video sizes, you could easily deliver digital cinema. A lot of you have heard about some of the high-end video cameras that do 4K and 5K. Well, those are really not that big. This camera's shooting easily well above 20 megapixels of information. So you could deliver files that are ready for IMAX screens or completely future proofed, because you've got so much resolution to work with. So, what's important is that you understand the delivery size.
Now this will come more into play when we start to do the post production side. When we assemble the files together, using programs like Photoshop or After Effects, or Final Cut Pro, and we start exporting ready to use video files. But, I want you to know it when you go out and shoot. Because the delivery size is going to affect how you frame your shots, and what file formats you choose on your camera. So, try to think about the destination you're going to, so you can make the right decisions along the way.
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