Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Preston Kanak takes us through the skills, steps and gear to making your first time-lapse
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Using a motorized slider with multiple cameras shooting at different focal lengths gives you a polished, professional clip that will dazzle viewers.
The Shots: Mix It Up
Subject matter is at the forefront of these endeavors, without question. When shooting a time-lapse, determine what your subject matter is and how you want to capture it. Typically, the first thing I do when I get to a location is take 10 minutes to investigate the surroundings and find out the best way to accurately capture the space. Make sure to take into account all aspects of the image.
The Settings: A Starting Point
The most common questions people ask when trying to determine the perfect settings for their given shot is what interval, shutter and aperture to use. I'll walk you through a few different settings you'll need to consider when setting up your shot and hopefully guide you toward the settings you desire.
Stationary shots are also useful. A solid tripod and head to lock the camera down are all that's needed.
>>Shooting Mode. Once you've focused your image, you need to determine your shooting mode. Use only manual or aperture-priority mode. In most situations, unless shooting a day-to-night/night-to-day time-lapse, you'll want to shoot on manual.
>>File Format. I recommend shooting both RAW and JPEG. By shooting low-resolution JPEGs, you're quickly able to prepare a render in the edit suite. Another thing I highly recommend is making sure your camera is set to "auto reset file number" so when you format your card, it resets the file numbers back to 1. By doing this, staying organized will be much easier.
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