Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Evaluating the shot, part of Shooting a High-Dynamic Range (HDR) Time-Lapse Video.
I often find it helpful to develop an image a few different ways and then take a look at the results. This gives me some options to consider exploring and really helps me get an idea of what it all looks like. You'll see here that After Effects is building out the RAM preview. And this is the very first option of this shot that I built. As it turns green, it's going to give me real time playback. So, let's take a look at the first second or so of this one. Feels pretty good. I like how that's coming together.
And, in this case, I used an advanced option. While using Frame Blending, I turned it from Draft Quality to Full Quality. Using that advanced frame blending option, where it creates a morph, I really like how the clouds seem to boil and move through the scene. It's essentially morphing in between them. Above the second ridge of the mountain there, there's a little bit of rolling, but I think it actually looks natural. I have seen results like that in the wild. And, I think the clouds look pretty cool. This gives it a very polished look, although this is the most render intensive way about putting that.
Here is another version with just slightly different composition. And as the sun goes down behind the mountain, you see how the color on the front of the mountain changes. You could see it just in the little notch there, the sun is actually dropping. I was shooting directly into the sun here. I think I'll go back and emphasize this a little bit more and have as that sun goes down, a little more of the color strip out of the scene by making a keyframe vibrance adjustment, but that still feels pretty cool. And here is the one we just built together.
Version one C. Take a look at that full screen and let's have a preview. This version feels good. It has the draft quality frame blending. So, as you look at that, you'll notice that the clouds don't feel quite as smooth as they are sliding through. I like it and it, overall, feels high quality but, I think there would be a certain benefit of enabling advanced frame blending there as well, and, as we do that, what you'll see, of course I have to rebuild out the preview.
But instead of the clouds taking on a stair step or a step and dissolve feel, they're going to begin to actually morph. And as they float through, this works very well. This option, very time intensive and the advance frame blending or morphing option doesn't really work well if you're doing nighttime time lapse or something with a lot of variety. The morphing option works when there's not a lot of change from frame to frame. You just want to slow things down or really make it look like a long exposure.
I like this because it takes the time-lapse and makes it look like I shot long exposure time-lapse. Which is difficult to do, because what happens is, is while you get the long exposures, you get long exposures that still feel choppy. This here is a more a digital long exposure and what it does is it creates a very fluid blending from frame to frame. As you look at the shots here, you can see the clouds are morphing from one frame to the next. Nothing is repeated, it's just simply interpolating new results.
If we play that back, look at how good those clouds look as they flow through. Very, very nice. Very attractive looking images, and to me, this is a winner.
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- 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