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FengLongPhoto.com Astrophotography for SPS

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Presentation on Astrophotography and Time-Lapse photography for Atlanta's Southeastern Photographic Society (SPS) Tuesday Learnshop. Presented by Atlanta Wedding Photographer Zachary Long.

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FengLongPhoto.com Astrophotography for SPS

  1. 1. Zac’s Awesome Presentation Of Awesomeness
  2. 2. Who Am IZachary LongSPS MemberWedding Photographer
  3. 3. Who Am I
  4. 4. Who Am I? No Formal Training Hard Work More Hard Work More More Hard Work
  5. 5. Who Am I?Time-Lapse Embedded Video
  6. 6. AgendaAstrophotographyCamera SettingsEquipmentTime Lapse Considerations
  7. 7. CaptureComposition + MovementFocusing at InfinitySwitch Camera to Live ViewFor Canon: Make Sure ―Still Image‖ selected under MovieMode Custom SettingsFind a Bright Star10x Zoom on LCD screenSwitch lens to Manual Focus & Camera Exposure toManual
  8. 8. CaptureIntervalometer (Check Camera Model)Amazon/eBay $20-$30
  9. 9. Capture600 Rule = 600/Focal Length, 600/24mm = 25 seconds
  10. 10. CaptureTime-Lapse Planning Does it move?Every image is a single frameFinal movie at 30 fps?15 second intervals X 30 fps X Desired Clip Length30 x 5 = 150 photos15 x 30 x 5 = 2,250 seconds or 37.5 minutes
  11. 11. CaptureCamera SettingsRAW vs JPEGProcessing Time Considerations Lightroom or Aperture for Batch ProcessingRAW Sizes Small RAW is usually still greater than 1920x1080 (HD) Full RAW = Higher Quality when ―Downsampled‖ from 4k resolution to1080p HD
  12. 12. CaptureEquipment ConsiderationsSpare Batteries Battery GripSufficient Memory Card SpaceFull RAW + 32 GB card = approx. 1,000 photos
  13. 13. CaptureIntervalometer Settings – Only 2Number of Shots Set to ―00‖ or ―—‖Interval Set to 2-3 seconds longer than your actual exposure 15 second exposure = Interval of 17 seconds Allows for camera to process the file
  14. 14. CaptureWaiting…
  15. 15. CaptureFind Your Sequences
  16. 16. OrganizingFind Your Sequences
  17. 17. ProcessingBoosting Blacks, Contrast, Noise Reduction, etc.Once your find a ―recipe‖ for a single photo, copy thesesettings to every photo in the sequence.Importance of shooting Manual for consistent fixes Even if you are under- or over-exposed, as long as every photo has the same problem, it’s an easy fix.Don’t Batch Process Spot Removal Moving objects, algorithm could change over multiple frames
  18. 18. Processing20 seconds at f/2.8 ISO2500, 16mm on 5D Mark II Before After
  19. 19. Processing
  20. 20. ProcessingOnce editing is complete, export as JPEGs to a new folderKeep each sequence in a separate folder ―Astro Angle 1‖ and ―Astro Angle 2‖
  21. 21. MotionEditing SoftwareAdobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Quicktime ProPersonal preference is Premiere Pro
  22. 22. MotionPremiere Pro WorkflowOutput? Web 30 fpsNew SequenceDigital SLR1080p @ 30 fps
  23. 23. MotionImport JPEG as ―Numbered Stills‖
  24. 24. MotionAdd to timeline
  25. 25. MotionResize for Viewing ScreenFile size of 5616x3744 down to 1920x1080
  26. 26. MotionEffect ControlsMotion Scale
  27. 27. MotionPhotos are taller than widescreen Drag image to get the composition you want in the video
  28. 28. MotionRearrange Clips on Timeline TransitionsRender Previews
  29. 29. MotionPlayback Speed Right-Click Speed/Duration50% - 75%
  30. 30. MotionExport Video Using Premiere’s PresetsVimeo HD or YouTube HD
  31. 31. SharingUpload & EnjoyVimeo, YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, etc.
  32. 32. Thank Youhttp://www.FengLongPhoto.com/
  33. 33. Thank Youhttp://www.ZacharyLong.com/

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