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Creating Time-Lapse Video
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Using a card wallet


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Creating Time-Lapse Video

with Richard Harrington

Video: Using a card wallet

Rich: When we're out in the field shooting, you'll probably notice, we got a lot of shots. In fact, there was a bunch of shooting that I did over a couple of days that you didn't even get to see. Well, the thing is is that all of those shots really add up. When you start to shoot Time Lapse in a RAW format, you're going to burn through cards pretty quick. In fact, I've been using 128 GB cards a lot. Now, you don't have to shoot RAW and you don't have to shoot JPEG. I don't care what format card you use, but I don't want you to lose data.
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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

Using a card wallet

Rich: When we're out in the field shooting, you'll probably notice, we got a lot of shots. In fact, there was a bunch of shooting that I did over a couple of days that you didn't even get to see. Well, the thing is is that all of those shots really add up. When you start to shoot Time Lapse in a RAW format, you're going to burn through cards pretty quick. In fact, I've been using 128 GB cards a lot. Now, you don't have to shoot RAW and you don't have to shoot JPEG. I don't care what format card you use, but I don't want you to lose data.

As such, I can't emphasize it enough to have a data management strategy. And mind for the field Is really simple. It all starts with having two card wallets. Now, I put one in my right pocket and one in my left pocket. The one in the right pocket has all my cards. These cards are empty, and if you look at them, they're ready to go. I've already formatted them, I've cleared them off. There's no data on them. Now, I know that when I put this card in the camera, it's ready to shoot with. Now, some people will flip the card upside down in the card wallet to indicate that it's full.

But what happens when you drop the card wallet or it falls out loose and you open it and they're all just floating around? You're looking into that card wallet going, I dunno, is that an empty card? Is that a full card? Is that a half full card? You don't want to blow away your hard work. So, what I do is, when I take the card out of the wallet, it goes in the camera immediately. And, it's ready to go. The wallet with the good cards goes back into the right pocket. And, I can put that into the camera and shoot with it. You know, and I'm essentially all set.

You know, so okay, let's say that's loaded, and, we've been firing off a bunch of shots. Well, when I'm done, easy enough, it comes out. I tend to flip the switch on the card itself. It's a little read write tab. Now, only SD cards have this. Compact flash cards don't, but you'll find this more and more as you go forward. And I take that and I immediately put it into the other card wallet. The reason why, here, is that I want to keep that safe, (SOUND) and I put that into my left pocket. Now, you might be thinking what's the big deal about right and left. Well, here's the deal.

When I'm out shooting all day long under sunlight, rigorous conditions, dealing with all the stress, pressure, of getting the shot I get a little stupid. And I've learned through the years that I might as well limit the chance of screwing something up due to human error. So the cards in my right pocket are empty. They're ready to use. The right pocket is the right card to put in the camera, the right card to shoot with. The cards in my left pocket Those should be left alone.

Now, this is a real simple philosophy. And you can do whatever you'd like, but I can't tell you how many times that this has saved me. The right cards are the right cards to shoot with, the left cards should be left alone. Try it, and I think you'll be happy that all your time lapse data comes home safely to the studio so you could back it up. And we're going to talk about that next.

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