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What can make a time-lapse video even more dramatic? Camera moves. By moving the camera between each exposure, you can include an additional element of dynamism to a time-lapse video.
In this course, author Rich Harrington is joined by time-lapse video expert Keith Kiska. Together, they explore the hardware, software, and creative decisions involved in creating moving time lapses, while on location in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rich and Keith detail the types of motion that you can add to a time-lapse video, from basic movement of the camera to left-to-right, sliding, and two- or three-axis movements with high-end, motorized rigs. They also demonstrate hardware add-ons in a variety of price ranges, and show the post-production techniques that yield the highest quality.
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When shooting time lapse, the last thing you want to do is this. One, two, three push, one, two, three, push. One, you're not going to be very even with your pushing. You're going to have intervals that are not consistent. Two, this gets really annoying. And three, it adds vibrations to the camera. So, you need an intervalometer. Something to control the camera. There's lots of choices out there. For example, you can order a standard intervalometer.
Every camera manufacturer has some of these that they make. And, they're also available from third parties. It might be called a remote shutter release. Or in this case, a timer remote controller. Lots of different names. This could be used for a single shot release, or the ability to program at an interval and run the camera. Of course, many cameras have built in intervalometers. For example, my Olympus camera here has a very useful intervalometer built right into the camera in the standard menu system. Same with my Nikon. And if you're shooting on other camera systems, there might be firmware apps, such as magiclantern available for Canon, that can give you some of these controls.
For some of my most advanced time lapse photography, I like to use an app on my phone. My favorite is Triggertrap, which works really well. I simply have a cable that matches up with my particular camera. Plugs into the bottom of the phone. And then this end will go into where the intervalometer plugs. And this will take advanced control over the camera. Sure, you could do things like a regular interval, just like you would with the menu system of the attached intervalometer, but what's different is that these type of advance systems can unlock advance options.
Such as HDR Timelapse or distance based GPS time lapse. Here on lynda.com, we actually have two courses that explore both of those workflows. One's all about HDR Timelapse, and the other is all about doing distance or hyperlapse. Sort of similar to what we're covering here except we do it from a car. And we trigger the shot as we drive a set distance. Of course all of these options could be superseded by the motion control head. As it goes through the shoot move shoot procedure, it can take control of the camera using a control cable.
This control will allow the camera to be triggered, as well as make potential other adjustments to the camera. Working in conjunction with your camera's dials and menus, as well as the motion control head, you can truly unlock some very powerful time lapse features. And we'll explore all of these workflows throughout this course.
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