Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Flow-Mow for the GoPro, part of Shooting a Time-Lapse Movie with the Camera in Motion.
If you're a regular watcher of lynda.com titles, you've probably noticed that I love GoPro cameras. They're a lot of fun, I can get great shots, They're small, portable, easy to use. But one of the things I've always like about them is their built in time lapse. However, a stationary GoPro's not very interesting. Enter, a couple of different solutions. Essentially egg timers that spin and turn the camera slowly over time. I have two of them here. This first one here is called a flow-mow, and it rotates 360 degrees and takes two hours to spin backwards.
This next one is the camalapse, and it's the same sort of idea except it takes an hour to turn those 360 degrees. These two units perform exactly the same way. Two units, different manufactures, the only big difference is that this one takes an hour to turn 360, and this one takes two hours. Now, what I like to do is mount these to something, like this gorilla pod. Makes it super easy to attach to any surface. I could hang this out a hotel window. Wrap it around a tree.
Set it on the floor of a desert. Just about anywhere. These Joby GorillaPods are super easy to position and wrap around a subject, as well as adjust to really get things right. And what I like with the head here, you can release that and then easily adjust this. So, hang it out a window or around a tree. No problem. Just adjust the head so it's pointing the right direction. And this really gives you the flexibility that you need. Literally, flexibility. Once you have that, it's a piece of cake.
You simply turn the unit, and let it go. You can literally hear the egg timer ticking. And using the intervalometer settings in the GoPro, it's very easy to make the shot. With the GoPro, the settings are quite simple. Just step into time lapse mode, adjust your interval, and then start the camera. That's all there really is to it. Remember, press the menu button, step into Settings, choose the duration for the interval, and then switch over to time lapse mode and let it shoot.
This type of setup is super small and compact, I gotta admit, even when I'm traveling for business or for pleasure and I don't have all my photography gear with me, a gorillapod, one of these heads and a GoPro makes the trip pretty much every time. And this gives me the flexibility to create panning time lapses, just about wherever I go.
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.
Interested in more time-lapse tutorials? Check out more here.
- The benefits and challenges of motion in time lapse
- Determining available light
- Selecting a camera, memory card, battery, and other gear
- Panning the head
- Using a slider
- Adding motion in post
- Adding three-axis motion
- Designing and shooting a hyperlapse shot
- Advanced post-production techniques