Shooting Time Lapse is one of the great adventures of still photography. In this lesson I will show how to shoot, and light a simple time lapse sequence. I wanted to shoot a time-Lapse piece in my style. I also combined the Time Lapse sequence with a live action piece as well. That made it even more fun. I used a Kessler Cinie slider that is programmable to make slow moves during time-laps shooting. The Gnome short was about 75 minutes to make the 3 foot move. This technology has come so far in the last 2 years. It was great fun. I hope you find it educational.
This was the first shot I took of the Gnome on the lawn. The light is harsh and the shadows are deep. Its too contrasty.
I put up a 20 foot square silk. It was tied off to the trees and allowed to hang low. The lower you get a silk the more area it covers. The silk acts like a large overhead soft source.
Here is our Gnome with the silk as the only light source. The light is now soft and non directional. Its soft and nice but still needs help.
I added a Hensel 500 watt hot light with an open face soft box as a fill. Its a tungsten light so we added a full blue (CTB) gel to correct for the color. The Hensel hot lights are very nice because they use all the same light modifiers that the strobe heads do.
Here is our Gnome with a fill light. Its all very nice but a bit boring. It needs something.
I added a shinny board on camera left that picked up the sun and made nice high light on the Gnome.
The sun moves so this is going to need to be watched during the shoot to keep the high light on the Gnome.
Here is our final shot. I feel like the light looks interesting and engaging. We are ready to shoot.
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