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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: A question a lot of folks ask when they first come to Time-lapse video, or your clients may be wondering is, if you're making video, why aren't you using a video camera? Well, the thing is, is that when it comes to Time-lapse, you want to take advantage of the benefits of shooting stills. Remember, a video file really is just a bunch of sequential images, strung together. And because of a concept called persistence of vision, when your brain sees those images playing back, it detects motion. Now, that motion looks really cool when it's Time-lapse, and you could do that with a video camera. The challenge is, is that video cameras are very low resolution, and they have things like fixed shutter speeds.
This makes it difficult to often get a proper exposure or to do artistic things, like streaking clouds or elongated light tails on the back of a car. Time-lapse, let's you take all the advantages of still camera shooting and apply them to the creation of a video file. So, you can use all the advance features, the ability to shoot and incredible high resolution video file. We're not talking 5k, we're talking 20k. You can do incredible resolutions allowing you to zooms and pans across the image.
You can do incredible re-sizes and punch in on the action for the best part. Essentially, cropping video after the fact. And you could also do something that's really, really cool. That is shooting RAW. Now, of course, there is RAW video format out there these days. It's often fairly expensive, and not as accessible as people would like. Shooting Time-lapse in RAW gives you all the benefits. The ability to recover the skies, and do all sorts of great things. And we're going to explore that process in greater depth later. So, the bottom line is this.
If you want to make the best image, you can absolutely do that. And whether you're using a point and shoot camera or a more professional DLSR or micro 4/3rds type body, you can get some really cool things in the can. And then, those results can be strung together to make some awesome Time-lapse.
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