Tag Archive for photography

Time lapse

Probably some of the most compelling content these days has resulted from the convergence of photography and videography – that being time lapse compilations.  In the early days, people would use something called an intervalometer that would programatically tell your camera to fire the shutter release every couple of seconds over a specified period of time.  You would then take this series of images and assemble in some software designed for that purpose.  It started out very clunky, and only those that could really dial in their photo settings to account for variations in brightness over time, sync the series to show a certain number of frames in their video editor, and prevent ghosting in the final product could do a decent job.

As with all technology, the point of entry gets easier, and the results get higher.  Here’s a time lapse sequence I shot (on my iPhoneusing the native camera, an app I bought for like $5 (called Lapse It), and it’s own method for creating the video.  If you wanna get fancy, you can even add music to your sequences:

It’s certainly not going to win anything at Sundance, but I could easily see this tool becoming more popular in the hands of the uber creatives out there. The best part is that this is only one of many time lapse apps available.  While I certainly am not going to spend vast amounts of money on all of them to review here, figured I’d share this one as a demonstration and a partial vote of confidence for this one.

My biggest complaints:

  1. My iPhone kept falling over (did not have a tripod to mount it to) 
  2. The app makes it difficult to add the music of your choice, and combine when publishing…
  3. The app doesn’t let you take the series of images it captured and move into your own video editor.  Instead I’d have to take the compiled video, export that to my computer, and throw into Premiere for more cleanup.  I’d always rather deal with the source content, ya know?

Anyone else have any experiences, luck, or complaints with time lapse apps in their own mobile devices?  What kinds of content are you creating with them?  Be sure to share your thoughts, comments and feedback below…

New Family Member

It’s with a certain bit of trepidation that I make this next announcement on the blog.  As you know, I have been somewhat blase for the last 9 months or so.  I think a good portion of my mental attitude is attributed to the loss of our beloved pet of a dozen years.  Her eulogy is here.

With the melancholy having been predominant, we’ve finally decided that this is not how Maggie would have wanted us to continue on, so we are going to welcome a new family member here soon.  A name has not been picked out yet (suggestions are welcome), but I do have a pic.  Here’s our next family member!

Fox Red Lab

The next year or so will be challenging with accidents, yipping, chewing, and other traumas I am sure. But it really is time to step into a new chapter here.  It also likely means that this dog will be quite famous over the next 12 years as she will undoubtedly make several appearances here.  I’ll try to keep things as photographically relevant as possible!

How To Hold Your Phone Camera

The Double L

How you hold your camera is so important, yet so many of us take our camera grip for granted, assuming that we will naturally hold it in the most stable way available.  For some, it does come naturally, but for…

The Deal With Cameras…

Boneyard Beach Sunrise

A while ago, I shared a viewpoint suggesting that the state of the photography industry has been declining, with the decreasing cost of entry, suggesting that there has also been a devaluation in the art itself since everyone has cameras…

What’s the Deal With…

…the Camera anymore? I mean, seriously…everyone has one, and any schmuck out there with a phone has the ability to capture some image that can get picked up by the AP for mere cents.  Photography is no longer a business…