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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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Ebook review: RABARI, Encounters with the nomadic tribe.

I recently read an e-book on travel photography called “RABARI, Encounters with the nomadic tribe” by Mitchell Kanashkevich. The publisher (Light Stalking) describe this as follows “The guide presents a unique opportunity to learn from real-life, practical examples and to go behind the scenes of the actual photo shoots of renowned travel and documentary photographer, Mitchell Kanashkevich.” That is a good description and one which is met perfectly.

This ebook is a series of excellent photographs along with a short story. Each story includes a description of the environment around the shot and covers how the photographer took advantage of these surrounding to achieve the resulting shot. Taking advantage of the surroundings varies from simply turning the subject to allow the sun to assist with the shot, through to asking the subject to sit in a particular place and allowing an assistant to bounce in some sunlight. After the photo is shot we are shown a simple breakdown of how the photo was processed in Photoshop. It is good to see a sample of the original image along with the processed version showing how far a little thought and processing can take a shot. Continue reading

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eBook Review: Extreme Perspectives

Extreme Perspectives by Alexandre Buisse, published by Craft and Vision is an eBook guiding the reader through the gear and thought processes required for extreme shooting.

When in the extreme cold proper photography gear, clothing and safety equipment are all important to your mission and ultimately your survival. This eBook discusses basic safety needs such as harness and bag choices. Your camera choice is also important as you will be hauling it along; Weight, size and lens lens choice is discussed, covering point and shoot, micro 4/3rds and full DSLR options. Continue reading

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