Learn what to bring and what do (in field and in post) to get great-looking nighttime time lapses.
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(upbeat music) - Welcome to this course, where we'll explore nighttime time-lapse, we'll focus on all the core skills you'll need for both the field and in post-production to get great looking shots.
To start, we'll first explore all of the different gear that I recommend you pick up. Now, this is not designed to be a gear heavy class, but because you're shooting nighttime time-lapse, there are some particular unique challenges. For example, you need a rock stable platform, and I often find that when shooting at night, particularly in open air locations, like a desert, the winds can pick up, so a good solid tripod is a pretty good idea. We'll also explore things like lighting techniques for the nighttime sky, so that you can illuminate the backdrop, maybe the side of the mountain, or some of the principle elements in the foreground, as well as how you could see, using things like a red LED flashlight, and not ruin your shot.
Once we figure out how to light and locate the scene, we'll talk about setting up the camera. There are some definite challenges with nighttime time-lapse. It really comes down to capturing the night sky in a way that's attractive. If you leave the camera open too long, well the stars could just become streaky and blurry, not long enough, and you're gonna have to boost the game, and really get a noisy shot, which could be quite problematic with the night sky mixed in. So, the recipes become really essential, and I'm gonna walk you through lots of different settings, depending upon your camera sensor size, as well as the focal length of your lens.
We'll also talk about some apps and other techniques to really know where things are in the night sky. I'll share with you some capturing techniques, as well as how to not just shoot at night, but at the transition time, like sunset. One of my favorite techniques that I learned in the course of putting together this class, is how to shoot multiple exposures, meaning you shoot for a bit, then tweak the camera settings, shoot some more, and tweak them again. Then those shots during post-production can get merged together to create a perfect sunset.
Once that's all done, I'll walk you through some post-production techniques. We'll develop the shots using some of the standard tools, like Adobe Camera Raw, or Lightroom. I'll also briefly revisit LRTimelapse, but be sure to check out our full length course on this great piece of software, available here in the Lynda.com library. Once this is all done, we'll assemble the shots together, and really show you some interesting techniques, including how to fake star trails, and really smooth out the shots so they look fantastic. I really enjoyed putting this course together, and I hope you get a lot out of it.
I'd also like to personally thank two folks who really helped me by sharing their expertise, that's Ron Reisman, and Lynda.com author Keith Kiska. So, be sure to check out some of their stuff when you get a chance. We went shooting together in the production of this course, and I learned a lot from these two, and I'm grateful that I could pass some of that knowledge onto you.
- 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