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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: We've exchanged one set of mountains for another. I ran outta time in the desert to show you all the cool things I wanted to take a look at. So we've come out here to the Shenandoah Mountains, and we're going to take a look at using the iPad and the iPhone today, as a way to capture time-lapse. Now one of the first things you need to do is figure out a way to get a stable platform. Now you might be thinking, my grip's pretty solid. I don't have a coffee habit, I get plenty of sleep. But, you take that phone out and you try and hold it steady, its not going to be steady and after about 20 minutes of doing that your going to get pretty tired.
So, I recommend you go ahead and pick something up to actually stabilize the shot. Now for this, you can go with the simple cases and a lot of the times there kick stand cases. And if you've got a convenient flat surface that's going to work, but there's actually mounts that work really well. So, for example, I've got this mount here, and on the bottom it's got a thread. In order to make this work I'm going to go ahead and take this mini ball head and just attach it. So, putting those two things together and then I could attach it to the tripod. There we go, that gives me a nice, clean, flat surface that I can drop the camera into.
Now this is going to make it easier to get the shot because I can adjust it. Now, I'm using a light stand here to hold this one, but a normal tripod will usually adapt just fine. I'll just go ahead and slip this in. You'll notice on the top there there's actually a little notch where the lens of the camera needs to show through. And I can actually adjust this. And I'll set that to a portrait landscape ratio there. And that's going to get my shot. Now, I've attached the iPhone, but let's talk a little bit about the iPad. Attaching an iPad is a bit trickier.
There's lots of different cases out there, you can find these on places like amazon.com. And what we're seeing is a lot of people are using, the iPad as a replacement for a music stand. And they're putting things like sheet music on it. So there's actually a lot of these out there. What I have here is pretty simple. This just goes ahead and I adjust the tension and this can easily hold the iPad. We've got two little rubber sort of pegs here on each side, and that makes a nice, stable platform. Now this one is actually designed that I can leave the iPad in the case if I wanted, but I took it out for today.
On the back, simple thread mount. And I'm just going to attach this to the same type of mini-ballhead. You can get these from really any camera store. They're designed to attach to a tripod or a lighting stand, and then they have the thread on the other side. So I'll just go ahead and attach this here, and I'll just make sure this is well attached before I release. I'm turning it slowly so it gets firmly attached to the thread. Same thing here, I can easily adjust this and actually angle it, and of course adjust the height of the tripod to get to a comfortable level.
So I'm just going to take this up a little higher, there we go. And both of the devices are properly secure and ready to start recording.
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