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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: One of my favorite tools for getting images organized, is Adobe Bridge. And I find it particularly well suited for Time Lapse images. Now, some of you may choose to import directly into Lightroom, and you want to process there. We'll explore that a little bit later, but for many of you, Adobe Bridge is a logical choice. It's included with Premier Pro, After Effects, and Photoshop. And it's a great way to visually browse your content. Let's start by taking a look at a directory, and we'll organize a couple of shots. In this case, I can see my shots quite clearly.
Selecting an individual shot and pressing the spacebar will open it up. This makes it very simple to find what I want. I can also drag this slider to the left here to see more frames at a time. This allows me to now select all of the shots within a group or a range and stack them. That's a very easy way to start to combine your shots together. Now feel free to practice with your own images. All I'm doing is taking several shots that were from a sequence on a card.
And I just clicked on the first image and then held down the Shift key and then clicked on the last image in the range and then chose stack group as stack. And you'll see that that very quickly combines all the shots from that particular sequence into a single stack. The benefits of stacks are immense. Besides keeping things organized, you can very easily click on the whole number, to grab them all and then drag to a new location if you need to move the files.
You also can play back a stack in a mini slideshow. That can give you a bit of an idea of a potential Time Lapse sequence. So as you play that back you can see the movement between the shots or just drag through. In this case we can see the people walking through the frame. It's like a mini Time Lapse movie already with some scrubbing. Notice these groups of people hiking through the canyons like little ants, making it really simple to see my shots. It's also a great way to identify some potential problems, like the bump in the shot there as we Settled on the Time Lapse.
Or perhaps in this one the fact that we recomposed after the first couple of frames. So sometimes within a stack, you'll notice that there are some problem images and this leads to the need to remove them.
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