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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 you're ready to shoot time lapse, you absolutely, positively, need a solid platform. And with the introduction of motion, the chances of having lots of extra weight really go up. Let's talk about a couple of things that you want to look for when choosing the tripod. First up, you want a tripod that's really, really solid. Now, this particular one here is a BV tripod. Not a mini tripod, not a light weight travel tripod, a full sized tripod. I like this particular one because it's really easy to make sure that everything is locked down.
I can really twist these down tight, and know that it's solid. I want to be able to put my weight on that tripod and not see movement. Now, it might mean that you have to do a little extra tightening, and that's really a good test, because when you start putting all of that equipment on here, particularly as the camera slides from one end to the other, the last thing you want to have happen is the tripod falling over or slipping. Or the gear as it get's all the way over here, leaning over and falling. So it's important that you have a solid platform.
Now, once I've got that platform and everything's locked down, a little bit of cable management is a good idea. I've got some simple things here that really make this easy to do. For example, just a bongo tie here. Available from a hardware store or lots of other places, makes it really easy to tie down my intervalometer. This'll ensure that nothing is flopping around in the wind. Or perhaps a cable management system like this one here from Tether Tools. It's also a good idea to get some sort of velcro strap. This also comes from Tether Tools, but there's others on the market.
And this'll make it easy if you're using a remote control unit, or intervalometer, to basically attach it to the tripod leg. What you want to avoid is any vibration. Now, once you have all of that, look for a good, solid head. You're not going to want a pistol grip, or anything that's designed to quickly pan around, like a video head. You need something you can lock in. This particular tripod head makes that simple. I've got the ability to lock the pan, so that this won't variation from side to side, and the ability here to level it out, using the ball level to really help me get that straight, and then lock things down.
Looks good and solid there. Now, one of the things I like is an easy system. So, I have the ability here to use an plate, which is a standard but there is lots options out there. When shooting with motion time lapse, you may go through lots of different configurations with the equipment. So the ability to quickly take things on and off of the tripod, and having multiple plates so you can quickly attach things, is really going to come in handy. Your tripod is the foundation of your time lapse photography. You need a solid platform if you're going to build great looking time lapse.
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