1. Register today timelapseworkshops.com. Our next workshop in October will be in the Mojave desert of Nevada at Valley of Fire. Ron Risman welcomes guest instructors Richard Harrington and Keith Kiska for the upcoming workshops in October.

    "Dark Skies of Utah” was captured by 11 photographers that attended one of two Timelapse Moab Workshops that took place last month in southeastern Utah. What is even more amazing is that most of these photographers had never shot or processed timelapse before this workshop, and many of these timelapses were actually captured after just 1 or 2 days of instruction. Two of the workshop participants, Gustaf and Brendon, came to the workshop with prior timelapse experience - and created spectacular timelapses that featured movement and depth using their motion control dollies and heads.

    At the workshop we have eMotimo.com 2-axis Motion Control Pan & Tilt Heads, along with the DynamicPerception.com Stage One Dollies. We teach you how to combine these to create a powerful, yet simple to use, 3-axis dolly system for timelapse. Taking things even further we have on hand TimelapsePlus.com advanced timelapse controllers that features an integrated light sensor. Why is this important? Because it allows the Timelapse+ to automatically bulb ramp from sunset through to the next sky (i.e. Milky Way).

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    Our late May and Early June workshops were planned around the new moon. Knowing that the new moon only lasts a couple of days, I positioned the second workshop after the new moon so that on the last three days of the workshop we would have a small quarter moon setting about 60-120 minutes after sunset. By planning for some moon light we were able to capture timelapses that included the landscape before the moon set, which helps to give perspective of location to the viewer. I call these shots “midnight sun” since to the viewer they look like daylight - with the exception of the stars in the sky. On the nights where there was no moonlight we brought along lighting to light foreground subjects (Arches & Trees).

    The final film includes over 40 timelapses captured with a variety of cameras from Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Sony, and Panasonic - and even one with a GoPro - in various parks in southeast Uah.. Each timelapse is made up of hundreds of high-resolution still frames that are then turned into a motion video using software such as LRTimelapse and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

    Today, July 1st, we are officially announcing Timelapse Valley of Fire, two advanced timelapse workshops that take place starting October 19th, 2014. Visit TimelapseWorkshops.com for more information. Early bird registration ends on July 8th.

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  2. View the unedited version here: vimeo.com/97134826

    This is an automatic bulb ramp made with the Timelapse+. The starting exposure was 1/20s, f/5.0 (lens-twist), ISO 50, and it ended at 30s, 6400 ISO. The results are incredibly smooth using a PC sync cable to improve the timing. The PC Sync cable was connected to the AUX port of the Timelapse+, and the camera (5DmkIII) was controlled via USB by the Timelapse+ (no shutter cable).

    It was edited using Lightroom and LRTimelapse for keyframed adjustments. No deflicker was applied (or needed).

    The ability to use the PC sync feedback is a new feature that will be available in a firmware update later this week.

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  3. This is an automatic bulb ramp made with the Timelapse+. This clip is not edited in any way -- it's just the raw files straight off the camera, converted to JPG in Lightroom (without adjustments) and then assembled with Quicktime 7 at 30 fps. The edited version van be seen here: vimeo.com/97141464

    The starting exposure was 1/20s, f/5.0 (lens-twist), ISO 50, and it ended at 30s, 6400 ISO. The results are incredibly smooth using a PC sync cable to improve the timing. The PC Sync cable was connected to the AUX port of the Timelapse+, and the camera (5DmkIII) was controlled via USB by the Timelapse+ (no shutter cable).

    The ability to use the PC sync feedback is a new feature that will be available in a firmware update later this week.

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  4. This video walks through setting the Timelapse+ and camera for a day-to-night auto bulb ramp using the latest firmware with the new ramping algorithm. The new algorithm incorporates many improvements and produces smoother results with a target dark point, so you can be confident the night exposure will be exactly as desired. The light sensor is only used to guide the transition from the manually exposed starting point to the selected ending point. This gives more control and more repeatable results.

    If it's too painful to listen to me talk for an entire 16 minutes, you can download the PDF overview here: timelapseplus.com/manual/TLP_Day2Night.pdf (this is my preference!)

    Requires firmware version 20131202 or newer: firmware.timelapseplus.com

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  5. UPDATE: the new firmware for this is now available! Check out this video for a tutorial using the new algorithm: vimeo.com/81274593
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    This bulb-ramp demonstrates a new auto bulb-ramping algorithm I'm working on. Formerly, auto bulb ramping was directly based on an integrated reading from the light sensor. The new method considers the slope of the integrated light readings (linear regression) and the difference between the current exposure and the light reading, and then calculates the current rate of change for the exposure, rather than the actual exposure value.

    So far it's looking really good. A little more testing and it will be ready for release. The main advantage of this new algorithm is that the ramp will be much smoother, even if the light conditions change suddenly. The other advantage is that it makes it easy to auto-ramp to preset targets or limits that are beyond the capability of the light sensor.

    More to come!

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