The Photographer’s Studio – Time Lapse

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February 22, 2013 by skyebecks

It has taken me a few weeks, a few attempts and a couple of tutorials to make my time lapse for my website. It took me a while, but I’ve finally got to the point where I have been able to upload it both on You Tube and Vimeo!

I shot my time lapse back in November whilst I was setting up my big shoot for Major Project A. It is called ‘The Photographer’s Studio’ as that is what I named my picture that was taken on that day. The picture I set up was my interpretation of a painting by Gustave Courbet called ‘The Artist’s Studio’ and I wanted to link my picture with this painting through the title.

courbet_studio

Above, you can see the original painting and below is my interpretation, using members of my own family to create the scene.

R.Sykes - The Photographer's Studio.

As the picture is my interpretation, it is set in a Photographer’s Studio and the canvas with the landscape on has been replaced by a backdrop and a model/dancer. The dancer is recreating Degas’ famous statue ‘Little Dancer of 14 Years’. This is just another reference to art and a nod to one of the most revered artists of his time.

To create my time lapse, I used several different programmes, putting it together through different stages.

I used:

  • Aperture: Originally I imported all of my images to Aperture as this is the programme I usually use for editing my images. I could not find an option to batch crop my images, so had to crop each one individually. I tried my best to crop them all the same, but when I got to the final stages of my time lapse, you could tell they weren’t all identical as the film was quite ‘jumpy’ – technical term!

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  • After a lot of encouragement from my tutor and members of my class, I downloaded a trial version of Lightroom and imported my images into that. I found it difficult to use, but I think that is mainly because I have never used it before and I’m so used to aperture. On Lightroom, you can batch edit, so I was able to crop one picture from my set and apply the crop to all 149!

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  • After Effects – After cropping in Lightroom, I exported the images to a folder on my desktop. They were exported as JPegs at a size of 1920×1080 pixels. I then opened After Effects and created a new composition and imported the folder of images into After Effects. I set the frames at 25 per second, but that only give me a 6 second time lapse! So I selected time stretch and increased the film by 500% – making it around 25 seconds.

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  • Adobe Media Encoder – After rendering and saving my composition, I opened my project in Adobe Media Encoder. I chose to use this programme as it had different settings for different place I could show my video, complete with settings for You Tube and Vimeo.

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  • Vimeo & You Tube – After encoding my video, I uploaded it to both You Tube and Vimeo. I set up accounts with both sites a few weeks ago in preparation for my time lapse. Vimeo took a lot longer to upload than You Tube and then after it had been uploaded to my account, it went into a queue to be placed on Vimeo. Altogether, Vimeo took just over an hour and You Tube took around 7 minutes!

 

So here is my Time Lapse – on You Tube – Finally! If I have time before the end of the module, I would like to tweak it a little in After Effects and maybe add some titles to the piece. At the moment though, I am really happy with it and just glad I’ve finally got to this point!

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