Creating Cinematic Widescreen Photos and Video With an APS-C dSLR and Lenses

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The Revenant is a film to be admired by fans of widescreen images. Emmanuel Lubezki created this by filming with an ARRI Alexa 65 6K camera and lenses of 12 to 21 mm. My desire is to deconstruct and replicate this in an APS-C dSLR and lenses. Continue reading

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“Photo Editing Overview – Caribbean Sailboat” by @larslentz of NegativeMoments.com on Vimeo

Here is a video showing my edit of one of my photos. In it, I show you the software I used, the basic techniques, and why I did what I did.

Watch the video in the player on this page, and switch to full screen to see better. HD also helps see more detail.

Thank you for watching!

How to Export a Video for Vimeo

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Why Vimeo?

Vimeo is a video hosting platform similar to YouTube, but with much better video quality. I have started putting my videos on Vimeo because the user experience is so much better. True, there are not as many hits as on YouTube because YouTube is much more popular, but as a photographer I want the best picture quality in my videos. That better video quality available on Vimeo means I need to render or export my videos with the settings that work for Vimeo.

Vimeo Video Settings

Here are the settings I’ve successfully used: Continue reading

GoPro Camera Settings for Videos and Time-Lapse

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Testing the GoPro Video Camera Modes

The GoPro video camera has a lot of video modes and settings for shooting videos and time-lapse sequences, so how can anyone know which settings are correct? This was my dilemma, and it kept me from shooting anything because I didn’t know what settings to use. But, I said “screw this” and just went ahead and shot with whatever. By trial and error, I think I’ve figured out what works best. Here’s what I learned. Continue reading

Speeding Up a Normal Video to Simulate Time-Lapse

Speeding Up a Normal Video to Simulate Time-Lapse

This is a video of downtown Budapest that has been sped up to three times normal speed. To see the difference between it and the original, normal speed video, I included the normal speed video below also.

How I Made This Video – Speeding Up a Normal Video

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Another Still Image Time-Lapse – This Time Without Motion, Without Panolapse

Another Example: Sunset Time-Lapse – GoPro Still Image Conversion Method Using Only GoPro Studio

This is a time-lapse video of the sunset as taken from my front yard using my GoPro camera, same as the previous one [click here to see it], but this one I make without using Panolapse. I only used GoPro Studio. So, there is no motion shown. Which do you like better?

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The Still-Image Time-Lapse Video Production Method

An Example: Sunset Time-Lapse – GoPro Still Image Conversion Method Using Panolapse

This is a time-lapse video of the sunset as taken from my front yard using my GoPro camera. As it was a day to night transition, it was challenging to minimize the flicker and achieve the “Holy Grail” of time-lapse.

How I Made This Video

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The Video Time-Lapse or Hyper-Lapse Production Method

Driving Time-Lapse (a.k.a. Hyper-Lapse) – GoPro 4K Video Conversion Method

This is a time-lapse video of me driving from my garage into town (Williamston, MI) with a GoPro on my car roof. Click here to see a photo of my GoPro camera on the roof of my car. (This video looks really good at full screen and in HD, by the way.) It is sped up 21.978 times normal speed.

How I Made This Video – The Video Time-Lapse Video Production Method – An Alternative to Traditional Time-Lapse

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The Problem With Timelapse

There’s a problem with time-lapse movies that I see out there. It’s not that they’re not interesting or entertaining, but they cut from one clip to another quickly because time lapse photography compresses the time. I’d like to see a long, single subject, single scene timelapse movie that is over 5 minutes long and is entertaining enough to watch for that long. Bottom line – they’re too short, just like this post.

GoPro Hero Camera Lens Corrections in Lightroom

GoPro Hero cameras are fantastic as movie cameras and also for taking still photos. The Hero 3 is the latest version and has options for 12 Megapixel Wide Angle, Medium Angle, or Narrow. The wide angle is by far the best for getting all of a scene in view, but the distortion around the edges is difficult to compensate and all objects appear curved toward the edges. Here is my formula for getting lens corrections in Lightroom for this camera. Continue reading

Video: Downtown Budapest

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Here’s a video I shot from my hotel room in downtown Budapest, Hungary. No tripod. No set-up. Totally spur of the moment! I just cracked open the window and pointed my Canon G12 toward the street. I hand-held it and steadied myself against the window sill. This shows that it doesn’t take a lot preparation or equipment, to take great video!

Using a Cable Release and Intervalometer with the Tripod

When doing time lapse work using a cable release or intervalometer (like the PClix XT) with my camera on my tripod, there is a simple thing I do to minimize vibrations that might blur my shots. I’m sure you’ve run into the problem before where even with mirror lockup on, you sometimes get some blur. Of course you don’t notice it until later because its nearly impossible to see on the camera’s built-in screen. Continue reading

Video: Time Lapse of Night Sky – My Second

Click to View“Time Lapse of Night Sky #2” is the second time lapse video I made, this time capturing a different view of the night sky with some different settings.

Like in my first attempt, in this video, I included all of the settings that I used to make this time lapse video. It is in the beginning of this video and you will have to pause it in order to read it through.

I wanted to give you an idea of the kind of set-up that was required and just how many shots went into the making of this very short and simple time lapse!

I am starting to get into making time lapse videos, and will post future attempts with settings and equipment that I’ve used.

Video: Time Lapse of Night Sky – My First

Click to ViewTime Lapse of Night Sky #1 is a time lapse video I made, capturing the night sky!

In the video, I included all of the settings that I used to make this time lapse video. It is in the beginning of this video and you will have to pause it in order to read it through.

I wanted to give you an idea of the kind of set-up that was required and just how many shots went into the making of this very short and simple time lapse!

I am starting to get into making time lapse videos, and will post future attempts with settings and equipment that I’ve used.

Video: Using a Lens Cover

Using a Lens Cover is my latest video showing how a lens cover works and how it can prevent damage to a camera lens.

Using those little spring-loaded lens caps that come with most camera lenses just don’t work when using screw-on filters. They don’t fit. The better bet is with lens covers and this video will show you the kind that I use and even a tip on how to use them!

P.S.: I learned how to shoot good video using the book “How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck: Advice to Make Any Amateur Look Like a Pro.” I highly recommend it! 

Video: A Basic Trick With the Circular Polarizer

Maybe you already do this simple thing, but in this short video I show you my trick and how it can save you some considerable cost and damage to your polarizing filter!

P.S.: I learned how to shoot good video using the book “How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck: Advice to Make Any Amateur Look Like a Pro.” I highly recommend it! 

Video: Safely Removing a Filter

“Safely Removing a Filter” is my latest video showing how to remove a screw-in type of photographic filter from the lens of a camera.

Besides showing how to safely handle a filter, it also shows the benefit of having a lens hood.

P.S.: I learned how to shoot good video using the book “How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck: Advice to Make Any Amateur Look Like a Pro.” I highly recommend it! 

Video: Changing Lenses

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Changing Lenses on Your Camera is my latest video showing how to change from one lens to another on a camera.

This is a really basic video and changing lenses is really a basic thing, but I hope with this I could show you some techniques that I use to not only change the lens, but keep it from getting dust or scratches on it.

I liked making this video partly because it is so basic, that I really had to stop and think about each step I would normally take naturally without thinking. And changing lenses in a car can be somewhat tricky in itself!

P.S.: I learned how to shoot good video using the book “How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck: Advice to Make Any Amateur Look Like a Pro.” I highly recommend it! 

Video: Installing a Filter

Installing a Screw-in Type of Photographic Filter Onto Your Camera is my latest video showing how to apply a screw-in type of photographic filter to the lens of a camera.

While basic, this video shows how to do this relatively simple procedure step-by-step and in a somewhat inconvenient location — in a car.

I hope you will enjoy watching this as much as I did in making it!

P.S.: I learned how to shoot good video using the book “How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck: Advice to Make Any Amateur Look Like a Pro.” I highly recommend it!