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Shooting a Time-Lapse Movie from a Window

with Richard Harrington

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Shooting a Time-Lapse Movie from a Window
2h 11m Intermediate May 27, 2014

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Got a room with a view? Make the most of it: set up your camera to shoot a time-lapse movie. It's a great way to capture the unfolding of time when you're on a vacation or business trip, or to capture the drama of passing storms on a rainy day.

In this course, Richard Harrington details the steps behind shooting great time-lapses from a window, including how to avoid window reflections and glare. The course also includes gear and file-format advice as well as tips for assembling the shots into a finished movie.

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Topics include:
  • Reducing and removing reflections
  • Setting up the camera
  • Capturing the shot
  • Polishing and assembling the shot in Photoshop
  • Polishing and assembling the shot in Lightroom
  • Fixing problems in post
Subjects:
Photography Cameras + Gear Video Shooting Video DSLR Video
Software:
Photoshop Lightroom
Author:
Richard Harrington

Welcome

Hi, my name's Rich Harrington, and welcome to this series where we explore creative projects with time-lapse shooting. And right now, I'm in a place, that unfortunately, I have to spend a lot of time. A hotel room. I frequently travel for my job, photography and video, and I need to just go to all places, all over the world. And I often find myself with, one of these, a hotel window. Sometimes the view is fantastic. Sometimes it's kind of boring.

Right now, it's kind of middle of the road. I'm in Vegas, it's an okay room. I got a decent view, I've had better. But it's a good technical challenge, that I want to help you through, and that is, how in the world, do you shoot through glass, in order to get a shot? You're not going to find a lotta hotels with open balconies, they're too much of an insurance risk, and, you could still get great time-lapses, right out your hotel window. And if you know what you're doing, you can even program the camera, so it starts and starts shooting in the morning while you're still sleeping, or, maybe starts in the middle of the day.

So, I'm just going to walk you through some of the essential things you need to know about your gear, and how you could pull this off with minimal equipment. We're going to deal with a DSLR, a micro four thirds camera, pretty straightforward stuff. So, with just a little bit of equipment, things that easily fit in your suitcase. You could suddenly turn those hotel stays into, billable time.

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