Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Staging the camera, part of Time-Lapse Video: High-Dynamic Range (HDR).
I'm excited to get his first shot set up. We've arrived in Zion National Park, great backdrop here, really cool things to see. And what I want to do is properly capture the shot. Now, for this particular scene, we're dealing with the light being partially hidden. So, I think I'm going to go a little bit low angle. The light should be coming off the side of that. And as the sun moves through, we're going to get a little bit of movement on the side of the rock. And I'm actually going to shoot a vertical time-lapse shot here.
Plus, it's going to be HDR. Now, to start, I've got a really solid platform. And what I've done is I've actually shifted the camera a little bit further off. This particular unit here is pretty straightforward. A lot of times, people doing macro-shooting will use these. But, I basically just offset the camera a little bit to get it lower to the ground. I could, of course, do that by lowering the tripod or using a smaller tripod. But with this set of sticks, this is about as low as I can go. All right. That's really solid there. And let's just get that in place.
Let's get the camera mounted up. Thank you. And what I've done here is because I'm going to be tethering the camera, I needed to attach a spacer. This spacer's going to make it easy for the camera to be raised a little bit. And with the spacer here, what I've got going on is just a little gap so the USB cable has room. So the camera itself is in an L bracket, easy enough And it's attached. I've also gotten the camera used to the cold. We let it sit out for about a half hour to get acclimated. To cut down on any sort of condensation.
So it looks pretty good here. We're firmly attached. Let's put that into the bracket there, and clamp it off. All right. Lookin' pretty good. I'm going to follow up in the LiveView. I like that. Looks pretty good. Let's take the USB cable and attach it to the CamRanger. Which we're going to experiment with a little bit more in a second. All right. It's all attached. And now that I've got the camera rig built, what I need to do is take control of the camera and set it up so it gets the right settings.
Now, things are a little loose here So it's a good idea to just make sure to get as tight as possible. That's pretty good there, let's just tighten that down. Good. Tight. Good. We're pretty much attached. And at this point I could adjust the settings using the remote control.
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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