Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Using ND filters to lengthen exposure time, part of Shooting a Nighttime Time-Lapse Video.
- When I went out to the Valley of Fire,…one of the new concepts that I learned…was the thought process of actually…lighting the scene.…Now this seems a bit strange to me,…when shooting nighttime time-lapse,…you would think, well,…all you're really trying to do is…capture the night sky.…But if you really think about it,…sometimes there's a foreground element…and this can be handled a couple of different ways.…Now one of the tricks that I'll show you…during post production was compositing a daytime shot…of the rock formation…and layering that over the nighttime sky…so you get split details.…
This is a cheat,…but if you've locked the camera down…it absolutely works.…Another approach though is bringing…lighting equipment with you,…and that's what I have here.…I've got these four small LED lights,…now these are Oxy LEDs,…but there's lots of different ones out there.…What I like about this…is that you'll see on the bottom here…they just charge off of a USB port.…You can plug that into the power adaptor…in your car,…use batteries that you would normally…
- Choosing the right gear
- Setting up the camera: adding stability and balance
- Choosing the right interval for shooting
- Monitoring the shot in the field
- Developing test shots
- Putting the camera in motion
- Assembling shots in After Effects, LRTimelapse, Photomatix, and Photoshop
- Creating star trails
Skill Level Intermediate
1. The Gear You Need
2. Setting Up the Camera
3. Capturing the Shot
4. Finishing the Shot
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