Join Me for a Timelapse Workshop in the Valley of Fire

Timelapse photography is an absolute passion of mine.  I'm excited that I'll be joining Ron Risman and Keith Kiska for a workshop in Nevada's Valley of Fire (just a short drive from Las Vegas).

Intimate Dark-Sky Timelapse & Photography Workshop for All Skill Levels

October 19-21, 2014 & October 23-26, 2014

http://www.timelapseworkshops.com

 The workshop helps folks of all skill levels to create great timelapse shots.  Here's some examples of past student work.

Join me in the Valley of Fire (one of my favorite places to shoot).  This is an intimate 3 and 4-day dark sky time-lapse workshop taking place in Nevada this October. Timelapse: Valley of Fire is an exclusive timelapse photography workshop that focuses on teaching the skills needed to capture day and night timelapses - with a focus on the night sky.  The workshops are open to photographers and cinematographers of all skill levels.

Valley of Fire State Park is home to some of the most spectacular landscapes you have ever seen.  Over 20 miles of breathtaking rainbow vistas, natural arches, stone cabins, slot canyons, wave rocks, and red-rock cliffs make this one of the most amazing destinations to capture time lapses. Located just 60 miles from Las Vegas, Valley of Fire State Park is easy to access, but far enough away to allow the night sky to fill with stars.

3-Day Timelapse Workshop covers:

  • How to capture timelapses using your digital SLR
  • The best settings to capture the night sky in motion
  • How to light the foreground to help bring enhance your night timelapses
  • How to eliminate flicker when capturing a timelapse
  • How to use your computer and apps to scout locations and sky conditions
  • How, why and when to "drag the shutter" when capturing timelapses
  • How to best capture day-to-night timelapse sequences
  • How to choose the best aperture, shutter speed, interval, and ISO
  • How interval & exposure impacts the feel and pacing of your timelapse
  • How to capture & process HDR Timelapses
  • JPEG & RAW Post Production Workflow techniques using Adobe Lightroom and LRTimelapse
  • The many variables (some controllable, some not) that can affect your timelapse and how to prepare for them

4-Day Motion Control Timelapse Workshop covers:

  • How to use the Dynamic Perception Stage One Dolly with MX3 Controller (1-axis)
  • How to use the eMotimo TB3 Black motorized Pan & Tilt head (2-axis)
  • How to combine the eMotimo TB3 with the Stage One Dolly for killer 3-axis timelapses
    * We'll have motion control sliders and heads on hand for workshop participants to use & share
  • How to select the best settings to use when moving your camera during a timelapse
  • Hyper lapse and Drive lapse techniques and discussion
  • Inexpensive techniques to light the foreground to help bring enhance your night timelapses
  • How to decide when to use ND Filters to enhance your timelapse sequences
  • How to combine day-to-night capture techniques with motion control camera moves
  • Advanced post-production workflow techniques using Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, and LRTimelapse
  • Music: Selecting and Licensing
  • Putting it all together in post

Sign up today at http://www.timelapseworkshops.com

 

Michael Bay - What is Bayhem?

There are filmmakers we love and then there’s Michael Bay. Even if you dislike him (as I do), Bay has something valuable to teach us about visual perception. This is an exploration of “Bayhem” — his style of camera movement, composition and editing that creates something overblown, dynamic and distinct. For educational purposes only. For further reading/viewing, I recommend Letterboxd user sydney’s review of Bad Boys 2: http://bit.ly/1iZe7SX Michael Bay watches West Side Story: http://nyti.ms/Vg7ErY Werner Herzog Talks About Wrestlemania & Anna Nicole Smith: http://bit.ly/VfQ9Iu Music: The Sound Defects - Take Out Leonard Bernstein - West Side Story Overture Radiohead - I Might Be Wrong

Connecting a DSLR Camera to a Computer with a USB Cable for Tethered Shooting

Once you have the USB cable hooked up to the camera, you want to connect it to your computer and make sure the two devices see each other.  In this course, I will show you how to connect the camera to your computer using specifically a USB cable.

Building the Tethered Station: Connecting the Camera to a Computer with a USB Cable

To learn more, I’ve created an exciting course called Tethered Shooting Fundamentals, for Lynda.com

http://www.lynda.com/Photography-Cameras-Gear-tutorials/Using-table-tethering/145427/161134-4.html

There are many advantages to tethered shooting. It allows you to get instant feedback on the subject you’re shooting, at one hundred percent.  You can check things like exposure and focus, on an external device that is connected through your camera.  You can also gain greater control over your in-camera adjustments and get a more accurate picture of your lighting and setup. In this course, I’ll introduce the tethered shooting workflow and demonstrate how to connect your camera to a computer, an external monitor, and even an iPad or mobile device. We’ll review the shooting environment, build the tethered station, software solutions for tethering, and wireless shooting with a CamRanger or GoPro camera. These techniques work well both in the studio and in the field, so you'll be prepared for all tethered shooting scenarios.  We’ll do a studio set up demo and also do a set up in the field so you can get a sense of both workflows in two different environments.

Topics in this course include:

  • The benefits and drawbacks of tethered shooting
  • Creating a stable platform
  • Tethering the camera
  • Building a tethered station
  • Tethering with Lightroom, Aperture, and more
  • Choosing a wireless memory card
  • Connecting a CamRanger
  • Shooting with a GoPro

You can check out the class here - http://www.lynda.com/Photography-Cameras-Gear-tutorials/Using-table-tethering/145427/161134-4.html

Exporting with Captions from Premiere Pro

When you’re ready to export media that has captions, you have a few choices, including the sidecar or an embed option. In this course I’ll show you a few different ways you can export your captioned media.

Improved Closed Caption Workflow: Exporting with Captions

To learn more, I’ve created an exciting course called Premiere Pro: Creative Cloud Updates, for Lynda.com

http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials/Exporting-captions/126763/156303-4.html

Adobe Premiere Pro CC has some very exciting new features and updates.  It’s important to stay on top of these new features so you can maximize your experience and workflow as you’re in post production. This course is dedicated to the video producers and editors who need to leverage the latest Premiere Pro tools and techniques fast.  I will cover all of these new features, which include: a customizable user interface, quality and format improvements like the enhanced Mercury Playback Engine, timeline tricks, and media management techniques, and the best audio, multicamera, and closed captioning workflows.

Topics in this course include:

  • Switching between audio waveforms and video
  • Creating a new sequence
  • Integrating scripting with the Story panel
  • Working with different camera formats
  • Selecting and nudging clips
  • Using dupe-detection markers
  • Copying and pasting ranges
  • Nesting sequences
  • Relinking offline sequences
  • Color grading with the Lumetri Deep Color Engine
  • Adjusting clip volume
  • Automatic syncing with audio waveforms
  • Recording multicamera edits
  • Adjusting timing and display of captions
  • Exporting multiple clips/sequences

You can check out the class here - http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials/Exporting-captions/126763/156303-4.html

Adding Presenter Notes

PowerPoint has a couple of really cool features called, presenter’s view, audience view and presenter notes. Using presenter notes, which is something I will show you how to use in this course, allows you to cut down on the number of text in the slide deck to your audience view.  Only you can see the presenter notes and you can be as detailed as you need while the audience is seeing something cleaner with less notes.

Working with Text: Adding Presenter Notes

To learn more, I’ve created an exciting course called PowerPoint: From Outline to Presentation, for Lynda.com http://www.lynda.com/PowerPoint-tutorials/Adding-presenter-notes/147021/156065-4.html

Creating an effective visual presentation should lend itself to a strong speaker support.  This comes from having compelling visuals and effective slide decks that communicate content to an audience.  Occasionally presenters forget about this because they are too wrapped up in the overall presentation.  In this course, I’ll share my workflow for building an effective PowerPoint presentation, starting with a strong outline. Learn to create the outline, get input from collaborators, and then transition that outline to an initial slide deck. Once you're in PowerPoint, I will show you how to format your slides; add tables, graphics, movies, and animation (like transitions and reveals); and prepare and rehearse your presentation for your final audience. Having an organized workflow starts with a cohesive outline.  It’s all about making your presentation come to life.  In doing this, you’ll give a valuable presentation that the audience won’t forget.

Topics in this course include:

  • Setting a schedule and goals
  • Working in stages
  • Building an outline
  • Using an outline to create your initial slides
  • Formatting text
  • Changing templates and themes
  • Using photos, shapes, and charts in PowerPoint
  • Adding video
  • Animating your slideshow
  • Consolidating, testing, and rehearsing you presentation

You can check out the class here - http://www.lynda.com/PowerPoint-tutorials/Adding-presenter-notes/147021/156065-4.html

Transferring GoPro Footage to a Computer

GoPro Studio is a great free app that GoPro offers for people who want to organize their footage from their computer. You need to have a registered GoPro to get this app.  In this course I'll walk through getting footage off of the memory card and mounted onto your computer so you can organize your footage. You will also need an SD card adapter and a USB card reader to get faster transfer speeds. You can also import the footage into Lightroom or Aperture as well, or directly off of your Finder, it all depends what’s best for your workflow.  One of the benefits of using this app is that you can trim parts of clips that you don’ t want before you hit the editorial stage with the clips themselves. Learn this easy and efficient workflow that will get your footage organized in no time and explore some of the elements that GoPro Studio has to offer.

Playing Back Your Images and Footage: Transferring to a Computer

To learn more, I’ve created an exciting new course called, Shooting with a GoPro Hero: Fundamentals for Lynda.com http://www.lynda.com/GoPro-tutorials/Transferring-computer/160403/162085-4.html

Got a GoPro? Nowadays most people either own one or have shot with one before.  This course covers all of the essential skills to get you up and running to shoot with the GoPro cameras.  Since we are focusing on the fundamentals, you will learn all of the steps from properly opening the GoPro box to getting it set up to cater to your shooting situation and learning all of the various mounting techniques.   Whether you capture stills, video, or even time-lapse photography, you will learn an array of techniques with the GoPro Hero from me in this course.  Let’s jump right in as I also share my insights on the different menus and settings so you can get shooting quickly, without fussing over controls. Follow-up courses in this series will examine different creative uses for the GoPro.

Topics in this course include:

  • Choosing a GoPro model
  • Understanding your GoPro camera's anatomy
  • Charging the battery
  • Choosing a memory card
  • Accessing video and photo shooting modes
  • Setting white balance for video
  • Shooting in burst or time-lapse mode
  • Shooting wirelessly
  • Downloading software
  • Buying GoPro accessories

You can check out the class here - http://www.lynda.com/GoPro-tutorials/Transferring-computer/160403/162085-4.html