At the regular January meeting Art Juchno shared a time-lapse video, “SkyScapes”, created from several sequences of cloud movements he took last year. It is enthralling to see what your eye misses in real time. I have experimented with this before and Art has renewed my interest in doing more.
Art’s time-lapse advice:
- Use a sturdy tripod
- Test your intervalometer before you need it and again just before you start shooting a sequence.
- Use manual mode, setting the exposure, ISO, white balance and aperture. Also use manual focus.
- The time between frames determines the speed; the more time between frames, the faster the animation.
- Polarizing filters make skies more dramatic.
- Import all frames into Lightroom. If you need to adjust one frame you need to make the same adjustment to all. This can be done by syncing the develop settings to all the frames.
- Art uses Sony Vegas to create the video, and since it does not accept the Raw format, all the frames need to be exported as jpg’s. Several sequences can be added and re-ordered for the video. A soundtrack can be added, but be aware of copyright issues when posting to the web.
- When rendering the video, create it with the proper codec as required by YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Mpeg4, .Mov, Mpeg2, AVI and H.264 are some of the common codecs.
Coming Up – John Pennoyer
John Pennoyer, acclaimed nature photographer and popular instructor, will give a presentation to the club at 6:30 p.m. on January 20 at the Phipps Center for the Arts. The presentation, “Winter Light – Winter Photography”, will cover all aspects of winter photography, from correct exposure for the winter landscape to keeping your camera operating in cold weather and keeping yourself as comfortable as possible when the thermometer falls into the red zone. John also teaches a variety of photography classes at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. His work can be seen at www.impressionsofnature.net.
John Gregor – February 17
John Gregor will be the guest speaker at our February 17th meeting. John leads many workshops on the North Shore and some of them have sold out and others are filling up fast. You may want to check them out at http://coldsnap.com/ This year I will be doing the Waterfall and Wildflower workshop in June.
Submission deadline for the February judged salon is January 13. We’ve made some changes to the rules this year, so check it out at the Competition Rules section. If you need help, use the contact form and I will walk you through the process of submitting.
Have you made a photographic goal for 2016? Use the contact form to let me know so your accomplishments can be featured at our November meeting.
See you February 17!