|The Art of Time-Lapse Photography
|Instructor: Ben Canales Duration: 4
Weeks Cost: US$195
Time-lapse photography is one of the most exciting recent developments from the DSLR revolution. With your DSLR camera, you can warp time! As humans, we see life happening to and around us at a certain speed and rate. It is difficult to grasp how a cloud specifically morphs in the sky because we can only grasp so much of the change in our short attention span. In normal photography, we have to choose what part of the day we want to capture and show to our audience because we have to shoot at a particular time. But with timelapse photography, thanks to our DSLR, we can rise above those limitations. You can take 5 hours and turn it into 5 seconds. You can take an entire day's happenings and show it in a minute. You can see specifically how the clouds change and morph, appear and disappear. You don't have to pick one moment in the day to take a picture of- you can show the entire day and it's changing beauty to your audience. Then there's the amazing starry night time lapses or the exciting, downtown traffic time lapses- all these new forms of expression and experimentation fall under Time-lapse Photography. It is an exciting time in photography!
We have all seen a cool time-lapse video somewhere and once you get the time-lapse bug- then you start seeing the world thinking, "Wow… what a beautiful sunset… this would be a great time-lapse…" or "The crowd coming into this basketball arena would be an interesting time-lapse…" Chances are, you were probably right. The only thing you need now is the knowledge on how to capture and create it. Making a good timelapse is all about a solid knowledge foundation. I know- you want to get the beautiful sunset, the stunning Milky Way arcing overhead, crowds buzzing around a community center- cool stuff like that. Well, you can and will, but for it all to come together to make a stunning, final video there is some important foundational knowledge you need to start with.
In this class we will talk about why an indoor timelapse is the easiest thing to start out with and how to use a controlled environment to your advantage. Next, we will go outside to make nature and people time-lapses. There are many challenging factors that arise once you set up a camera in one outside spot for an hour or more continuously taking pictures- we will talk about expecting those challenges and being prepared to overcome them. Next, it will be time to download, process, and edit all the raw material you have shot. We will talk about editing the specific images and editing the compiled video sequences. Finally, there will be an overview on the most challenging techniques of time-lapse such as city lights at night, stars passing overhead, sunsets and sunrises, and more.
After it is all said and done, you will have gone through all the steps of planning, shooting, editing, and posting a timelapse videos.
Equipment needed for this class:
Intervalometer - Here is a link to a couple - http://www.adorama.com/catalog.tpl?op=CustomList&List_Id=AAIntervalometer - of the most popular, but make sure you find the one that works with your camera body.
If you have any of the following nikon camera bodies, you don't need an intervalometer!! You have one built into your camera!
- Nikon D5000
- Nikon D7000
- Nikon D200
- Nikon D300
- Nikon D300s
- Nikon D700
- Nikon D2
- Nikon D2H
- Nikon D2Hs
- Nikon D2X
- Nikon D2Xs
- Nikon D3
- Nikon D3s
- Nikon D3X
Instructor: Ben Canales
Ben Canales has been a media specialist for over ten years now. His passion for creativity with digital tools has spanned graphic design, animation, video, and photography with specialization in timelapse and night photography. In 2011 he won National Geographic's Travel Photo of the Year Award and his work is published both nationally and internationally.
Ben has recently moved to Portland, Oregon and fallen in love with the landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. His excitement for creativity and the outdoors has found new expression in capturing the beauty of these places. Taking advantage of the new abilities of the DSLR, Ben has become immersed in timelapse and high-iso night time photography. He finds inspiration in innovation and pushing the limits of what is considered possible. This attitude and desire has placed him as one of the emerging leaders in both niche fields of timelapse and night photography.