Freia & Helen took the ioShutter to Bristol Harbour for a Time-lapse shoot.
Here’s how they did the shoot…
With very little planning & preparation we gathered the key things we needed…
- ioShutter N3 cable (Canon fit)
- Tripod (Manfrotto)
- Camera (Canon 5D MkII)
- iPhone 4S (you can use an iPad or iPod Touch instead)
…then we headed for Bristol Harbour to find a good location for our Timelapse. After a wee bit of wandering we found a good spot on Pero’s Bridge and set up the tripod & camera.
Next we connected the ioShutter cable to the iPhone and turned on the ioShutter LITE App (that’s the free one).
We chose the intervalometer setting of: Every 5 secs for 10 mins to trigger the camera’s shutter, and here’s the result:
Next we thought we’d compare the Timelapse option of the LITE App with the PRO (paid for one) and found heaps more functionality, so we set the intervalometer every 1 second for 10 mins and here’s the result:
While the ioShutter was working its magic we hung the phone in the blue bag that comes with it on the tripod and kept an eye on the passing pedestrian traffic to ensure our gear stayed in place!!
It really was as simple as that :0)
With hindsight we made a list of things that should be checked before going out to do Time lapse photography:
- Ensure your sensor is clean – every little spec of dirt will show up!
- Remember to install the App before your shoot… otherwise you may get a little frustrated waiting for it to load…
- Remember to bring the quick release plate (Camera to Tripod attachment)
- Bring an umbrella if the weather’s not looking too good
- Set the file quality to JPEG only so you can fit plenty of shots on your card (& for quicker post production)
- Remember to turn your iPhone to Airplane Mode as this could interrupt your shoot
- Charge all your batteries before heading out!
How to do POST-PRODUCTION:
We put all the JPEG images from one 10 minute Timelapse shoot into ONE folder on the computer.
Then we used some Time Lapse assembly software to create the movie.
Typing ‘Time Lapse Assembly’ or ‘Time Lapse Assembler’ or ‘Time Lapse Software’ into a search engine will give you a multitude of free & paid for software to choose from and lots of useful websites guiding you through this too.
The one we used to compile our shots was: Time Lapse Assembler (Mac) (free)
Here are the settings used:
Framerate: 30 fps (frames per second)
Dimensions resized to: 1280 or 1024 and scaled proportionally
Quality: High or Normal
Apple’s QuickTime 7 Pro (Mac/PC) (paid) is also highly recommended.
Just for fun, here’s one of the most amazing timelapses that I think has ever been made… something to aspire to!!
Produced by Neil Lucas, narrated by David Attenborough, Executive Producer Michael Gunton for the BBC:
You can see some more fantastic BBC Time Lapse footage in their online Nature Video Collections archive. (click on link)
Dom Bower was just too excited to get dressed before telling everyone about his new orbis ring flash:
You can see more from Dom on his blog:
Have you seen this… a really nice basic portrait demo with a fun kids shoot.
The orbis™ transforms the harsh light from your SLR flash gun to create beautiful, shadowless photos quickly and easily. You don’t need any specialised knowledge or technique. The orbis™ fits to your flash in seconds — no bulbs, no batteries, no training course!
You put the orbis™ onto your flash, lift it up in front of the camera and bingo, stunning, shadowless light, anywhere, every time.
If you’re a keen, talented photographer who rarely uses your SLR flash because you don’t like the results, the orbis™ ring flash is perfect for you. Lighting your photos with the orbis™ opens a whole new world of photography.
More info here: ORBIS RING FLASH
A Think Tank Photo Retrospective 30 bag in ‘pinestone’ gives up the kit it’s holding so you can see what you can fit in one of these bags…
‘My ThinkTank bag stable is growing. This is the newest, but I also have a ShapeShifter, Logistics Manager and some pouches. I am well impressed with this Retrospective bag, especially since it doesn’t look like a camera bag.’
By David Newton, EOSnetwork
Ian has blogged about the lighting set up they have used: “See how I developed the lighting for Mark’s PTC (Piece To Camera) shot in Paul’s studio. I chose to use Rosco Lightpads exclusively because they are quick to set up, energy efficient, daylight colour balanced and cool running so consequently do not cook the talent!”
Read more about the lighting set up here: LIGHTING THE GADGET SCIENTIST™
Geeks Tech review of The Gadget Scientist Guide to Using Your Digital Camera – both compact and DSLR cameras:
For more info click here: The Gadget Scientist
After meeting Greg Funnell to carry out a health check on his much travelled Think Tank Photo Airport Security V2 roller bag, he sent us this little behind the scenes video of a shoot he had in London with the Hollywood film director, Joe Wright. Check out just how much camera and Elinchrom lighting gear he has in one roller bag!
You can see more of Greg’s work here: www.gregfunnell.com
More info here on the: Airport Security v2 roller bag
DSLR 4 REAL
Sam Morgan-Moore has been a professional photographer for the past 15 years.
As Sam puts it, his role has been a ‘hole filler‘ – filling holes in brochures and newspapers and the odd poster or billboard for clients (paying clients). Over the last few years he has been ‘filling holes’ in clients websites too – with photography. But for Sam’s clients now these holes are saying ‘video goes here’…
Inspired from his experiences in moving into motion from stills, Sam has just launched his new blog: DSLR 4 REAL
His blog is all about making films or videos with a digital stills camera, or as he puts it: shooting with a DSLR Motion picture camera.
Check out his blog here:
“From Prep to Page”, the first mini-documentary from enlight photo:
Sit back, put your feet up and follow orbis™ shooter and adventure photographer Graeme Murray from prep, to packing, to shooting an editorial mountain-biking assignment.
Watch Graeme on assignment 6 hours into the deep New Zealand rain forest as he carries all his gear in, through and out. See his location lighting setups and the results.
Then see the beautiful Carena West filmed with a Voigtlander 58mm f1.4 bring the short film to a conclusion.