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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: Okay, we've gotten to the big hardware, and the motorized slider. And I'm joined by Keith Kiska, who is an excellent time-lapse shooter. In fact, you have a podcast series all about time-lapse, right? Keith: Mm-hm. Rich: What's it called? Keith: Phototrekker. It's a podcast series, basically, it's a documentary, about photography in general. But Season Three, we're actually showcasing right in the first episode a whole time-lapse piece about three minutes long. That took about a year and a half to make. So it should be pretty cool. Rich: Yeah, I, I love Keith's work. We we've worked together for many years, and he just rocks this, and we have got a motorized slider here, but I want to tell you, why do you need this? because this obviously is not something that you just, throw on your back and walk out into the field, is it? Keith: No, not it's not.
Not at all. (LAUGH). Rich: How long is the set up time? Keith: the set up time is usually if if everything goes right, it's about 30 minutes, or 45 minutes or so. Rich: And as you know, in the world of photography or the world of professional video, it, it never goes right the first time. (LAUGH) Keith: No, no it doesn't. Rich: So What's happening here, though, is we've got this very cool slider. And what you're seeing right now are some of Keith's shots that he's made using this equipment. So, that really high-end time-lapse, where not only are you getting that magical shot where you're seeing the passage of time. But the camera raises up from the floor. Or goes past several objects in the foreground to do a reveal. This is really dramatic stuff.
Now this is a relatively newer piece of technology, right. This is not something that we had a few years back, or at least not at this price point. Keith: No, I remember actually trying to research how to do it. I saw a couple people online that were doing some of the most amazing. You know, motorized time-lapse things, especially at night, and I was really wondering how to build something like this, and we set out to try to figure it out. I was ready to, to build it all from scratch, and I didn't realize that there were a number of companies that already custom made these entire rigs. Rich: Yeah. Keith: So this right here is a Kessler. Cine slider and another company dynamic perception.
Rich: So besides kessler and dynamic perception there's a graphic on the screen giving you a couple URLs that you could check out. I generally recommend though, that if you're going to invest in one of these systems. That you strongly consider, renting one first or shadowing somebody and going out in the field. This is not for the faint of heart. We're talking what five, ten, how many, how many thousand dollars here? Keith: it's about $8,000. Rich: Yeah. Keith: Well with the camera, maybe 15. (LAUGH). Rich: So this is not what you're going to do for a hobby, but, when you see those beautiful shots I'll let you know. They weren't made by a guy doing this on his iPhone. So, if this is what the hardcore stuff is for the high-end TV commercials, and for the, the digital cinema type stuff.
Alright, well, we've got actually this all set up, but we're going to take a moment here to walk you through the process of how this all comes together.
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