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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: So, we know our interval, we're going with 3 seconds. I'm just going to make sure everything's staged and ready to go. One of the things I like to do, is get a super stable platform. So, I'm a take our heavy bag here and drop the tripod hook and just slip that in. That extra weight is going to act as a balance, and its just provide a little bit more downward movement to prevent any accidental vibration. Let me go ahead and check the shot, make sure it's properly composed. I'm going to set it, so it's just slightly under exposed, and a very important thing. Remember, shoot manual.
Particularly, if you're going to see changes in the lighting conditions. Aperture priority can make it really hard. Sometimes, aperture priority is the way to go, but it might lead to additional post processing. Alright, I've got everything set. I'm going to put the camera back in manual mode. Manual there, manual on the lens, and I've got a preset white balance. No autos there. Let's take our remote trigger out, in this case. And let's program that in. We decided to go for 3 seconds, and I'm going to go ahead and set it so it's on silent, that's going to help. And I've got my bongo tie here, so this doesn't blow in the wind. Everything's set up.
I've got the intervalometer plugged in. I've got plenty of battery power. I've got plenty of room left on the cards. I'm going to take this and just attach it to the tripod. Works great, everything's set. So, a couple things are going to happen, let's look it all over. I'm going to set the shutter to actually be on quiet mode. So, it makes a little less noise, good. Checked it over from top to bottom. Manual focus, manual shooting mode.
Maybe aperture priority, depending upon your style. I've got a preset white balance. Everything's connected. Got the composition I want, fire away. Now, the worst thing you could do right now is touch the camera. You're going to want to say, oh, let me see that shot. If you're really nervous. Stop it right now. Swing around and just take up live view. Punch up the shot and take a look at it. Make any changes that you feel you need.
That looks pretty good, I'm in the middle of the histogram. It's a tough shot, but it's okay. By shooting raw, we'll pull that out. And I think it's good, so I'll just step back around, and re-engage. The worst thing you could do right now is fiddle with the camera.
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