Canon STM Lenses – Photography Lenses, Videography lenses, or both?

Canon STM Lenses

As we see continued convergence toward using the same capture device for still photos and videos, I get a lot of questions from people about what gear is the best fit to accommodate both worlds.  Specifically, the question really comes to a head when speaking about photography lenses and videography lenses. This is a great question, and a few people emailed me about it after releasing a recent article and eBook that covered the basics of SLR lenses, because I do not speak to the Canon STM lenses designed and built as video lenses in that article or eBook.  Allow me to elaborate further here and address these concerns. Read more

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…


OKC (2 of 5)

9:02am is now permanently stuck in my memory.  After a recent trip through Oklahoma City, I had an opportunity for some sight-seeing after the work day was done, so my colleague and I stopped at the first place that came to mind – the site of the Oklahoma City bombing some 16 years ago.

It was a powerful memorial, and while I had always abstractly knew of the tragedy surrounding the events of OKC on that fateful day, seeing the memorial was quite a somber experience.  The site now consists of two walls, one oat each end of an infinity pool, and the marker on each wall with the time-stamp of 9:01 and 9:03, signifying the moment before and after the explosion.  The infinity pool represents the moment frozen in time.

In each wall, along with the time-stamp, is an opening leading to the skies beyond with light pouring through.  With evident symbolism, it was a quiet place where people come to pay their respects to the victims and to remember family and loved ones.  One gentleman I spoke with said that he comes to the site every day to remind him.
The other notable feature of the site is a series of high-backed chairs to the south side of the infinity pool.  With nearly 200 chairs in the chained-off area, there is one chair for each victim.  Taller chairs represented adults, and smaller chairs for children.  There were a lot of shorter chairs.  The whole scene was quite a bit to take in, and I had not expected such a rush of emotion after a day of training.  We left quietly, remembering the day anew.  Yet the residents and surviving friends and families likely remember every single day.  My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to those people.

Here are a few of the photos I was able to muster from the experience: