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eBook Review: An Introduction to still photographs in motion: Timelapse

This is a quick review of the book: An Introduction to still photographs in motion: Timelapse” by David Delnea and Craft and Vision.

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We have here a 44 page eBook on the subject of Timelapse photography.  The subject is covered well with information on setting up your camera, tripod, intervalometer and takes the reader all the way into post-processing the images and making the video itself. This is an interactive eBook with links out to Vimeo videos that help demonstrate the feature being discussed.

We start off with a guide to choosing the correct camera and lens for particular shots with useful information on getting the right solution whether that be sensor frame size, lens width or the use of manual aperture lenses.

Breaking down the equipment into essential and non-essential extras is a useful way to help the new user decide on their individual needs. Preparation for the shoot is covered briefly and includes considerations such as camera stability and personal comfort while waiting for the timelapse to complete.

During the shoot you’ll be choosing whether to auto-expose or manually expose and there’s a section covering the advantages and disadvantages of each decision.

Software is covered in areas such as choosing and controlling framing of the subject to allow you to successfully manipulate the final shots by cropping to video sizes. More importantly there’s a section on using “LRTimelapse Deflicker.” This will balance your frames exposure to help create a cleaner video. Importing files into Lightroom is covered and includes a short section on editing choices and limits plus some useful file management thoughts. Exporting your files to JPG and importing to Quicktime 7 for conversion to video is the last section of the main book.

Continuing on with some Bonus Material we have a brief reference to Motion Control, Bulb Ramping etc but these are covered only very briefly and add no real value in my opinion.

The book then closes out with a selection of timelapse videos.

Overall I found the book interesting and certainly worth the small costs, however it seems to have glossed over the feature that I would find useful. I am not an experienced timelapse photographer by any means, however I felt there was  a lack on detail and other options for creating the video from the stills. The author mentions his lack of experience using Adobe Premiere and After Effects however a brief guide would have been useful.

Given the information in the book, I’d consider this a beginners guide only suitable for those with little or no experience as suggested by the title. I did pick up some useful tips all the same so I am happy with the purchase.

The book is available from Craft and Vision for the price of $5.00.

Click here to view or buy the book on the Craft and Vision website.

 

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Adobe release CS2 Suite free for all.

Adobe Photoshop CS2

Adobe Photoshop CS2

Adobe have released the entire set of the CS2 Suite free of charge for all to use. They’ve provided the full license keys for these products and links to the installers for both PC and “Power PC” based Mac computers. This will be an excellent way of getting a copy of Photoshop onto your backup laptops and systems, perfect for use in an emergency. The release of this product appears to be down to the fact that Adobe are switching off their CS2 licensing servers. These links are to allow direct access to the files and fully valid product keys as an alternative for users still using this software. Whether they change their mind or not is yet to be seen. The CS2 software suite is now around 10 years old and fairly well out of date however it will still be useful for the times when you are stuck without your main edit system, or for those new users with fairly simple needs. The main “problem” you will have is the lack of RAW files support. CS2 will not support the majority of camera RAW data formats so you may wish to find a converter for your system. Saving the RAW files as a 16bit TIFF would be best when importing into CS2. If you’re into Audio editing Audition 3 is an excellent program that still functions perfectly for single and multi-track use, while Acrobat is perfect for those needing to create PDF files. Download Links can be found below:

Creative Suite 2
Mac
1130-0412-8377-1896-9751-5759
Win
1130-1414-7569-4457-6613-5551
Acrobat 3D 1.0 for Windows
Win
1159-1414-7569-3493-5006-5653
Acrobat Standard 7.0
Mac
1016-0414-2428-7157-5404-6669
Win
1016-1415-6379-6184-1333-2468
Acrobat Pro 8.0
Mac
1118-0416-1130-3724-2927-7040
Win
1118-1414-1955-8737-8172-0350
Audition 3.0
Win
1137-1004-8571-6848-7845-8029
GoLive CS2
Mac
1033-0415-6162-2671-3431-0993
Win
1033-1418-1610-5696-5209-0095
Illustrator CS2
Mac
1034-0416-0740-0527-2887-2375
Win
1034-1415-6230-2341-2884-9398
InCopy CS2
Mac
1036-0414-4367-5110-5897-2432
Win
1036-1419-3531-6378-2148-9313
InDesign CS2
Mac
1037-0413-9961-4063-8457-1098
Win
1037-1412-5094-8316-6812-7982
Photoshop CS2
Mac
1045-0410-5403-3188-5429-0639
Win
1045-1412-5685-1654-6343-1431
Photoshop Elements 4.0/5.0
Mac
1057-0410-8218-6295-1699-9560
Win
1057-1414-3729-7573-7352-1206
Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0
Win
1132-1280-4900-7476-5108-8019

Adobe’s original download link: http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/entitlement/index.cfm?pid=4485850&e=cs2_downloads If you want something more up to date, I’d recommend this link: Adobe’s more recent version, CS6

Update!

Here’s some further information regarding this “free software.” It appears Adobe are giving that software out as they have actually disabled their CS2 activation servers, however they seem to be offering this to licensed users. I’ve no idea how they plan to police this activation-free software which appears to be in the wild now. There’s probably thousands of sites that now host the details of this offering. More information on the release is available here: forums.adobe.com If Adobe decide that the above table of details is breaking their terms/copyright/whatever I advise them to contact me via the contact form on my site. I will remove the data upon request and confirmation of this being a valid request by Adobe.

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Making a Facebook cover image in Photoshop.

This is a quick video and template to help you make a Facebook cover image in Photoshop.

The template will easily help you align and crop your image as required by Facebook.

 

Download the template here.

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SPECIAL DEAL: Groupon photo book.

EDIT: 2012/06/17 — This is an expired offer. Sorry!

 

I know it’s short notice but I thought I would add this deal to the blog.

Printerpix.co.uk has a deal on right now that gives a huge discount on some budget photobooks.

Even if you’ve no particular project in mind right now, having this will probably inspire you to get out there shooting.

Where else can you get a custom designed leather bound photobook for less than a calendar?

 

Click here to go get the deal from Printerpix now!

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Beer!

I recently repaired a PC for a friend and was paid in beer. Not only beer, but beer was included.

Having a fridge load of random beer bottles gave me an idea for a small project; namely shooting some “promotional shots” as may be used by the brewery or distributor. These were shot for my use, learning and experimentation only. Each one was shot on a separate day and processed on a one-by-one basis. This give an interesting variation in the shots as they were not considered “a set” during production. I also experimented with larger and shallowed depth of field while shooting these. The Golden Champion beer is an example of shallow depth of field as demonstrated by the softer “More artistically shot” image.

 

Spooks Ale

 

Trade Winds

Black Sheep Ale

Dark Island

Golden Champion

Guinness

The lighting was kept very simple for these as it had to be assembled and put away each day. I used a single off-camera flash, a yellow foam background, a white sheet diffuser and a reflector (for some.) This gave a set-up, shoot and tear down time of about 5 minutes per shot which was great as this was usually happening while I was cooking my evening meal!

 

My personal favourite beer from this selection is the Black Sheep Ale. It has a nice clean flavour that works well for me, it’s not too high in alcohol content so it’s a simple one to drink too. I can see myself buying a few more of these as time goes by!

 

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