15 Jan '14
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Deconstructing the picture of my new Fuji X-E1

A couple of weekends ago I was bored. Really bored. So bored that I forced myself something to do, so I decided to take a photo of my brand new camera, the Fuji X-E1. I was partially inspired by this article by Laya Gerlock, where he uses a black granite tile for some of his still life works, which gives great results on the cheap. But where the heck I can find a black granite tile in Dublin? Well maybe if I go to citywest I can find someone who sells it, but without a car going there is nearly impossible, especially if then you have to carry a piece of granite, which it's definitely not lightweight, and I didn't want to wait a week before even try to find something, so I turned on the little MacGyver inside my brain, and I found a similar solution, not as good as the granite, but somehow and with the help of Photoshop it worked.
Essentially I reused an A4 size black cardboard I bought for another photo I did in the past for a client, and on top of it I've placed a glass from a frame I had, and voit la! I had my black glass surface, not as good as the black granite, as the thin glass creates two reflections, one on top and one of the bottom, but still better than nothing.
So then what I tried was to use my backdrop holder with a bed sheet to use it as a background, but while I thought it was a great idea, it didn't work at all, simply because the bed sheet let the light pass through, so you lose part of the light and unless you use an heavy weight, or you iron the sheet, which I really didn't want to do at that hour of the night, it just can't create a compact and clean surface, it will be just full of folds and it wasn't just right, so I put back the backdrop and I used what I had to use in first place, the wall.

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21 Apr '13

The Basics of Time Lapse Photography with Vincent Laforet: Part 1 and 2

Yet another post about Timelapses, but this time I'm not going to show you another one, but I'm posting a video made by Vincent Laforet for Canon America, which is going to explain you the basics of how to make a timelapse.
It's a set of four videos, but at the time I'm writing only two are out on YouTube, and in theory you can watch all of them on the Canon site by clicking here, but unfortunately the videos don't play, not sure if it's just me or they are actually down, but in the meanwhile you can start to watch the first one above here, which is just an introduction to the theme, and the second one below here, which it shows you how to set your camera.

Hopefully the other two videos will be on YouTube in the next few days.

UPDATE:

The videos have been removed from youtube, but the first one is back on Vimeo, so to see the other 3 you can go to the Canon website

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