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Time-lapse Photography: A Complete Introduction to Shooting, Processing and Rendering Time-lapse Movies with a DSLR Camera (Volume 1)

Time-lapse Photography: A Complete Introduction to Shooting, Processing and Rendering Time-lapse Movies with a DSLR Camera (Volume 1)

by Ryan A Chylinski

ISBN: 9780985375713

Publisher Cedar Wings Creative

Published in Calendars/Movies, Calendars/Photography, Arts & Photography

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Book Description

Designed specifically for both new and intermediate DSLR shooters, Time-lapse Photography: A Complete Introduction to Shooting, Processing and Rendering Time-lapse Movies with a DSLR Camera explores the art and science of altered time perception cinematography in a detailed, easy to understand and fun to read package.

It’s a real honor and privilege to partner with you on this time-lapse training journey. Thank you.

Sample Chapter

It’s 2:20 in the morning.

The alarm on my phone starts to beep and I fumble for it in the dark. 36+28=64, 84-13=31, 9x6=63, no wait 54!, The third correct answer finally deactivates the alarm and I’m now awake enough to remember what it is the heck I even set it for. I’m on Cape Cod for a family trip and I’m not going to let a night in a precious green zone go to waste. It’s dark here, really dark and the excitement carries me the rest of the way out of bed.

I throw on thermal socks and pull my last battery from the wall charger grabbing my tripod and camera bag on the way out. It’s only about a quarter mile walk to the small east facing pier I found on Google Earth. I make my way down the bank, set up the camera and carefully focus in at infinity. A few more test shots and I think I’ve got a good composition. The dock to the right provides a nice foreground, a moored boat should add some fun movement and of course the Milky Way, barely visible outside of my camera’s preview window, but I know it should move slowly clockwise before the moon rises just off to the right.

I check everything over one last time: exposure time and the rule of 600, good; manual settings, check; interval, set. The test images look good. Let’s begin.

It’s cold tonight, but not too cold and as a blip of a shooting star diverts my attention to another part of the alive night sky, I can’t help but think “I’m going to be here for a while... a very long while...”

“...and that’s a beautiful thing.”

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Why Time-lapse Photography?

For me it’s about freedom. Time-lapse is a strange thing: It frees you from the normal flow of your routine and all that busyness of life, yet at the same time it can connect you to your surroundings more than anything else. It is an awareness we seldom experience. As Lindsey Clark comments, time-lapse can be “a reminder that we are on a massive, moving orb and definitely not the most important thing even in our own lives.”

I first saw it in the faces of family members: the fascination and the amazement when I shared a clip hot off the rendering queue. It’s not just an image or a scene - it’s how that place moved and worked; it was that place’s story, at least for the brief time I was there. It starts to make people think and it gets them energized. It allows them, even if for a small moment, to armchair travel in the most incredible ways to what seems like impossible places.

Time-lapse has a way of slowing the world for the photographer while at the same time accelerating it for everyone else. I shoot time-lapse because it alters the way I think, it challenges my view of the world and teaches me things I can bring back and share with everybody else. It’s also pretty amazing to watch.

The entrepreneurial aspect of the art is extremely exciting. So many photographers and filmmakers, having looked around and not found what they need to get the time altered shots they envision, have just gone ahead and built the tools themselves - often creating new companies or open source communities in the process.

The level of innovation, especially over the last few years, is incredible. Not only are we quickly fixing problems that have plagued photographers for years, but advancing camera controls and processing tools that used to be cost prohibitive are now becoming affordable for even the most basic hobbyist.

This is the change and energy that gets me fired up! This is why I’m so excited to share this with you. The more people that become involved with time-lapse the bigger the ideas, the better the innovations and the more amazing the stories we can tell.

It’s a real honor and privilege to partner with you on this training journey. I hope this book is helpful and I would love to hear from you.

Best of luck,

Ryan Chylinski

Continues...

Excerpted from "Time-lapse Photography: A Complete Introduction to Shooting, Processing and Rendering Time-lapse Movies with a DSLR Camera (Volume 1)" by Ryan A Chylinski. Copyright © 2012 by Ryan A Chylinski. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. Excerpts are provided solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.
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Author Profile

Ryan A Chylinski

Ryan A Chylinski

Ryan Chylinski is an American photographer, entrepreneur, and outdoors enthusiast from the flagship city of Erie Pennsylvania. Founder of LearnTimelapse.com, a community powered time-lapse education and experimentation hub, Ryan's philosophy centers on teaching, sharing and a continual drive to never stop learning.

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