Essential Gear For Total Time Lapse Control
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Yesterday I showed you an amazing time lapse video, so for today... how about another? This post is a twofer, though, since not only am I sharing with you a beautiful 4k time-lapse of the gorgeous landscapes on British Columbia's Vancouver Island, but I'm also sharing how it was made. You see, Gavin Hardcastle made this time-lapse movie in order to review a piece of gear—the eMotimo TB3, a robotic tripod head that can be programmed to move the camera in precise increments, in two or three different axes, in conjunction with a plain old-fashioned camera slider. As Hardcastle writes in his review, it gives your footage a much higher production value, and that's something that practically pays for itself. Watch the video and read the review via Digital Photography School.
Gorgeous National Park Time Lapse Video
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Photographer Joel Schat spent two years traveling the United States, spending an awful lot of time photographing in our national parks, and getting up early to shoot more than his share of sunrises, to make time lapse videos with his DSLR that he has compiled into this gorgeous video he calls "Made To Be Seen." It's a perfect title because the entire thing is gorgeous, though there are two shots in particular that are literally unlike anything I've ever seen before. First there's the group of hot air balloons launching at dawn, and as the sun comes up and the colorful spheres begin to glow. It's a simply splendid scene. The other shot that dropped my jaw occurs toward the end of the video, and it's a simple moonlit landscape that moves ever so slowly. It's captivating for the moonlight illumination on a stream and meadow, glowing under this gorgeous light. Overall this is a must-see video that will make you want to head out to a national park immediately. On a side note, as we see 4k displays increasing in popularity, we're sure to see more of these 4k ultra-high resolution time lapse videos, because DSLRs are capable of outputting files well more than 4k. While the resolution may be new to the world of video, it's easily achieved in stills. And that is, after all, what comprises a time lapse video. If you have access to a 4k display, be sure to click through to YouTube and adjust the playback settings to watch this video in 4k. It is simply breathtaking.
RAW Capture Comes To Smartphones
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
I'm one step closer to my dream: a camera with a phone built in. Yes, I know there are plenty of phones with cameras built in, but that's different than what I want. What I want is a camera with the ability to make calls, receive texts, check my email and so on. Like, literally a point and shoot (or heck, why not a DSLR?) with the app-based OS that allows me to text and make phone calls and generally do all the things my smartphone does. Well, I might be one step closer now as Google has announced more serious photographic tools in smartphone cameras. We can expect the next generation of Google's camera apps within Android devices to be capable of capturing RAW image files. Joining it are faster burst shooting as well as more exposure controls, ISO sensitivity and exposure compensation as well. The new operating system, currently called Android L, will be more user-friendly for photographers. Now if they could just pack all that smartphone usability into the back of an "actual" camera, my dream would be complete.
Firework Photography Close-Ups
Monday, July 7, 2014
Depending upon where you live (and, of course, assuming that you live somewhere in the United States) the Fourth of July celebration involves fireworks that last between 20 minutes and two weeks. Not official fireworks, mind you, but rather the home-grown kind that are, around here anyway, purchased from roadside stands in rural stretches of interstate highways. These are the kind of fireworks that you have to be careful not to hurt yourself with. They're firecrackers, and they aren't typically the type of fireworks you think of photographing. Yet photographer Phil Hammel gets up close and very personal to make interesting macro photographs of spinners, sparklers, jumping jacks and morning glories. He's close enough, in fact, that he has to protect the camera with a bit of plexiglass. To be clear, I'm not suggesting you try this at home. Phil has clearly figured out a safe way to photograph fireworks, so maybe let him take the risk. You just enjoy his hard work courtesy of the Wired Raw File photo blog. And keep the summer celebration going.