Archive for July, 2011

My First Time Lapse

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

I finally picked up a time lapse controller for my Canon 5D, and I’ve been eager to get out and try my hand at this visually-arresting video technique. The carnival is in town for two weeks, so I ran down on Thursday night when I figured the crowds would not be overwhelming.

I was only there for about 5 minutes when a manager approached me.   (more…)

The Power of Raw

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

opening-image001I switched my shooting from jpeg to raw several years ago.  Even though file sizes jumped from 6MB to 35MB for each image, I haven’t looked back since.  Camera Raw offers tremendous post-production control over your images.  The camera simply records the raw capture of the image and doesn’t process any of the settings.  Since settings like white balance and sharpening are not baked into the file, you can manipulate all of these settings after the fact.  This allows for great flexibility in Photoshop or Lightroom to tweak nearly every aspect of the image other than focus and framing.

This is certainly nothing new to most photographers out there, and like I said, I’ve been shooting raw for several years now.  So why write about it now?  Well, I’m used to being stuck with ‘baked’ files when shooting video on the 5D, but I just shot my first time-lapse a few days ago at a (more…)