New Feature: Playlist Center! Pick a topic and let our playlists guide the way.

Start learning with our library of video tutorials taught by experts. Get started

Shooting a High-Dynamic Range (HDR) Time-Lapse Video
Illustration by

Shooting a High-Dynamic Range (HDR) Time-Lapse Video

with Richard Harrington

Video: Controlling the camera with an advanced intervalometer

Alright, at this point I want to take control of the camera. And take my cable and plug in.

Watch this entire course now—plus get access to every course in the library. Each course includes high-quality videos taught by expert instructors.

Become a member
please wait ...
Shooting a High-Dynamic Range (HDR) Time-Lapse Video
1h 56m Intermediate Mar 24, 2014

Viewers: in countries Watching now:

Take a trip to Zion National Park to shoot an HDR time-lapse video, compliments of Rich Harrington and the crew at RHED Pixel. Watch as they show how to capture the sun as it moves across a rock face in this historic park and then enhance the natural beauty of the time-lapse sequence with dramatic HDR development and toning techniques. Along the way, Rich explains what gear you'll need to capture the scene and protect your camera from the elements, and how to set up your camera to shoot JPEG or RAW, create an in-camera HDR sequence, and add finishing touches in post-production programs like Photomatix Pro, After Effects, and Camera Raw.

This course was created and produced by RHED Pixel. We are honored to host this content in our library.

Topics include:
  • Staging the camera
  • Controlling the camera with an intervalometer or smartphone
  • Choosing the right interval for HDR
  • Shooting JPEG or RAW
  • Building a HDR test sequence
  • Developing HDR images
  • Organizing, assembling, and evaluating the shot in post
Subjects:
Photography Cameras + Gear Video HDR Shooting Video
Author:
Richard Harrington

Controlling the camera with an advanced intervalometer

Alright, at this point I want to take control of the camera. . Now, Nikons have built-in intervalometers but I want more precise so I can shoot in HDR. To do that, I'm going to use my iOS device and a CamRanger. Now a CamRanger is a remote control, essentially a little Wi-Fi unit you attach to your camera and they make an app that runs on a couple of different platforms and desktop computers. And it lets you take control of the camera to shoot time lapse and HDR. So my battery doesn't run out. I'll attach the battery pack here on the side with a tethering strap.

Make sure this battery pack is turned on. And take my cable and plug in. want to make sure that juice is getting to the unit so that the battery doesn't run out in the middle of a take. There we go. It's on. Very important that you maintain power. Alright. At this point, I've got power. I just need to connect to the CamRanger. Using the Wi-Fi I simply select the Cam Ranger unit. Now you're going to want to follow cam ranger's instructions. Here's the highlights. Plug the unit in and connect to it once. That creates a pairing between the unit and the app.

Then you need to connect to a Wi-Fi connection or an Internet connection live data to register the app. I strongly, strongly recommend. You do this before you get out into nature where you may not have an Internet connection. Test the gear before you leave. Once that's done, it's easy. You just connect to the CamRanger using a passcode that's on the unit, and it makes it own Wi-Fi network. So I'm connected. And now, I can launch the app. Let's select that there. It launches and it starts a camera session.

Alright, I'm going to make a new session, start over and what I want to do is take control. Now, before we do any time lapse settings, I'll just do some test shots with HDR. It offers the ability to choose HDR and I could choose which property's going to change. Now in this case my camera is in absolute manual mode so I can control everything remotely. Let's try this here with Shutter Speed. I think that's going to work. I don't want to change the aperture, because that's going to affect the depth of field. So we'll go with shutter.

Let's do a five shot HDR. With two steps in-between. That's going to give me essentially ten stops of dynamic range. I'll press Start and let it take a shot. Pretty good, did five shots there. I could see the very under exposed image up to the over exposed image. Now, in this case, because it's going to be getting darker, I think the under exposed image, the most under exposed image, is just a little bit too dark. So I'm going to bring that up. Let's adjust the ISO here.

And I'll bump that up to ISO500. And I'll adjust the shutter speed a little bit. So the based exposure has a slightly longer shutter speed. Let's try half a second. And it's time to do another test. Let's hit Start. Looks pretty good. I see more coverage in the shadows there, the highlights look pretty good. If I tap the image it'll download it to my tablet. Which makes it so much easier to actually see what it looks like. In fact you can double tap and check things like focus and the fine details.

That absolutely worked, what I wanted there was for the under exposed image to properly show the highlights around 50%. And for the brightest image, the most over exposed, the shadows still needed to be present with a value of a medium gray. At this point, I think I have it. Now, the lighting levels are going to change so we'll talk about the interval shooting in a moment, but all in all, this feels pretty good, and I think I'm ready to give it a shot.

There are currently no FAQs about Shooting a High-Dynamic Range (HDR) Time-Lapse Video.

 
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.
Upgrade now


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ.

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

join now Upgrade now

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Shooting a High-Dynamic Range (HDR) Time-Lapse Video.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferencesfrom the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.