GOING BEYOND THE BASICS
- When: July 12-14, 2013
- Where: San Francisco, CA
- Price: $695
Workshop Capacity: Minimum of 5 students, maximum of 10 students
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Time Lapse Photography Workshop.
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High Sierra Workshops is proud
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Time Lapse Photography Workshop,
providing the workshop classroom space.
Sports Basement is located at:
1590 Bryant St., San Francisco, CA 94103
“I brag to everyone I know about the timelapse, and show it to everyone I can. Mike, you have changed our group for sure. Thanks for a real lea”rning experience! ~ Jerry Kirkhart
“Awesome, Mike! Absolu”tely outstanding. ~ Jerry Pratt
“Love it!” A real must see! ~ Craig Carson
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“Downtown San Francisco” by Matt Kuhs
The above time lapse production provides insight into what dynamic visual imagery the City of San Francisco has for the workshop student.
In the beautiful city of San Francisco, where the hustle and bustle of society is a tourist draw … with cable cars clanging their way up and down the streets and fog pouring over the Golden Gate Bridge … the condensed scene of daily life in Time Lapse Photography becomes mesmerizing.
Some of the predetermined, scouted locations workshop participants will have the opportunity to shoot:
GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE:
From multiple iconic angles, featuring sunset, city lights and (weather permitting) fog rolling across the deck of the bridge.
From several strategic locations, providing excellent time-lapse opportunities of this San Francisco treasure as they course up and down the hills, and are turned by end at the five terminus points.
THE TRANSAMERICA PYRAMID:
A landmark in the San Francisco skyline, photographed from several vantage points along Columbus Street.
Home of the chocolate maker and a tourist hot-spot, adjacent to the Aquatic Park, a large grassy expanse popular with kite flyers.
PIER 39 & FISHERMAN’S WHARF:
Another tourist hot-spot and local icon, where the bustle of the fish markets afford excellent time lapse opportunities.
The former federal penitentiary and now open for tours.
THE PALACE OF FINE ARTS:
Former site of the World’s Fair and its stunning architecture front a large lagoon with plenty foot paths.
he “Main Street” of San Francisco, available from several vantage points, with heavy traffic, antique street cars and a long downhill slope to the Ferry Building at the foot of San Francisco Bay.
GOLDEN GATE PARK:
A local favorite for lazy weekend days wandering through the park’s 1,000 acres of greens, paths and museums.
THE HAIGHT/ASHBURY DISTRICT:
This was ground central for the 60s revolution, and it still carries the energy and architecture of the time.
Additional locations are included on the detailed location shot list provided to all workshop participants.
“The Unseen Sea” by Simon Christen
The above time lapse film is expertly done, both technically and aesthetically, focusing on the atmospheric conditions in San Francisco. Visit Simon Christen’s website, Eloquent Pixels, for more excellent imagery
The workshop schedule for this three-day workshop is a different than typical technical workshops in that much of the instruction takes place in the field, in order to fully “read” the scene in order to learn how to calculate the correct sequence methods.
We start the workshop at 9:00am in the classroom, extensively studying the technique of time lapse photography, addressing the three pivotal timing control points that make up the time lapse process. Case study films are presented that visually show the effects each timing control point as on the process. Following a review of the accessory equipment used in time lapse photography, we go directly into the field to begin practical testing and assessments – in real time – of time lapse sequence settings and the steps to ascertain rate vs. speed of motion. Following a lunch break, technical instruction in the sequencing of images is performed before a mid-afternoon shooting session block for each workshop attendee at two of the predetermined locations on the shot list. Prior to the dinner discussion, all attendees regroup to sequence and assess their two time lapse locations during a group critique. Following dinner, set-up and parameters of sunset procedures are reviewed prior to group outing to sunset location for a long-form time lapse.
Following a morning group review in the classroom of the previous evening’s sunset time lapse sequences and sunrise sequences, we address the concept of story boarding and sequencing, before heading out for a full day of time lapse photography. We return to the classroom late in the afternoon for a video editing workflow and techniques for post-production modifications of sequences. Following dinner, student’s head out for set-up of sunset location time-lapse, along with visual alternate options for sunrise locations.
Following a morning group review in the classroom of the previous evening’s sunset time lapse sequences and sunrise sequences, final editing techniques are reviewed before the last mid-day individual shooting block, followed by late-afternoon sequencing and editing for our evening time lapse final showings at the conclusion of this packed 3-day workshop.
All workshop participants receive the “Workshop Guide”, which includes the workshop itinerary, reference material, shooting location list and maps for San Francisco, as well as the always-popular “Timelapse Check List” for the camera bag!
“Panama Canal: A Transit in Time Lapse” by Michael A. Mariant Visuals
As with all High Sierra Workshops, this workshop focuses not only on the ‘where’ to take the pictures, but also on the ‘how’ to take pictures, incorporating photographic education throughout the workshop at each location.
Key to understanding how to photograph time-lapse is understanding how the finished product will look before one even starts the picture sequence. Several of the topics that are involved in timelapse, and will be thoroughly explored and exhausted, are:
HD VIDEO TECHNICAL:
Technical training in the HD video format, including aspect ratios, frame rates, terminology, digital movie formats and more.
Techniques, methods and approaches used with Pre-Visualization.
THE FOUR DESIGN ELEMENTS:
Sought by professional photographers to craft the powerful, final image.
“THE PAINTER’S PRINCIPLE”:
Based on the concepts by the master’s of photography.
CALCULATING EXPOSURE & TIMING:
Instruction in how to properly assess the motion and calculate timing intervals to ensure the smoothest, fluid sequence.
Technical instruction in gradual exposure controls during the photographic sequence to accommodate changes in ambient light so as to not reveal stepped exposure changes or a visual ‘flicker’.
A look at the different camera options available for time lapse photography, from the diminutive GoPro to the large DSLR cameras.
HIGH-DYNAMIC RANGE TIMELAPSE:
A look at how to integrate two photographic techniques into one dramatic sequence.
Hands-on demo and application of accessory equipment, including motorized sliders, that add an additional visual element to a timelapse sequence.
Brief instruction in video production on your choice of Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere (Mac or Windows), culminating in the production of your own short time lapse photography film to be shown at the end of the workshop.
The recommended airport for arrival and departure is the San Francisco International Airport (SFO).
Travel time from San Francisco International Airport to San Francisco is approximately 20 minutes.
Alternate airports for arrival/departure:
Oakland International Airport (OAK),
San Jose International Airport (SJC)
Driving time from nearest major city:
From Oakland to San Francisco, along Interstate 80, is approximately 35 minutes.
From San Jose to San Francisco, along Highway 101 or Highway 280, is approximately 1 hour.
For the Timelapse Photography workshop, the San Francisco Bay Area is a major tourist destination and offers numerous resorts, hotels and motels. Due to the wide ranging nature of workshop participants’ preferences and financial considerations, we do not establish a “preferred” hotel for our workshops. Participants can freely choose their lodging of choice; some choose to stay outside the city itself and drive in, while others prefer to stay in the city itself. It is not necessary to choose lodging close to our classroom location, as we will spend very little time there overall during the 3-day workshop.
In order to balance the various individual meal and budget preferences, time is allocated for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day at one of the various dining establishments in San Francisco.
While we will at times eat as a group, meals are the individual responsibility of each workshop participant. Each dining establishment is chosen to provide a wide variety of meal options to satisfy multiple dietary preferences.
For over a decade now, Michael has been a contract photojournalist for The Associated Press, responsible for coverage of the Central Coast of California along with sports and entertainment assignments in Los Angeles, notably anchoring the agency’s coverage of the Michael Jackson trial from 2003 to 2005. Coupled with his domestic photojournalism, Michael spends nearly a third of the year abroad shooting travel/documentary stock imagery along with lecturing on the topics of Cultural Sensitivity and Immersion in Travel Photography.
Michael is also the consultant and multimedia coordinator for the Semester at Sea study abroad program, providing lectures and instructions to the college students while shaping the direction of the programs multimedia efforts in video, still photography and podcasts through social media.
While still taking on editorial and Associated Press assignments, Michael has shifted his focus to DSLR cinematography projects, as well as educational travel photography workshops for Nikonians Academy and High Sierra Workshops, as well as university and industry lecture engagements so as to instruct others on the analytical, cultural and visual approaches to travel photography and cinematography.
Q: Is there a deadline to sign-up for this workshop? Does it sell out? Will you add more room if it does?
Not all cameras have an “intervalometer” feature built in to the camera. If you are not sure if you camera has this feature, read your manual carefully.
If you do not see any reference to an intervalmeter or time lapse photography, then most likely your camera does NOT have this feature built-in to the camera. In that case you need to purchase an interverlometer controller for your camera. You can purchase one made by your camera manufacturer, designed specifically for your camera, or you can buy a third-party vendor model, which works just as well at a fraction of the price. Since there are literally dozens and dozens and camera models out there, we can’t list every intervalometer controller models available. We recommend doing a simple web search to fine the model that fits your camera. If you have any difficulty with this, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
• A sturdy, solid tripod is required. It can be anything from a Manfrotto aluminum tripod to the expensive carbon fiber tripods. I would advise against a “low-budget” tripod (in the sub $100 range), as they have never made it through any of the High Sierra Workshops. They are not designed to withstand regular tripod use, do not have the features and movements of higher quality tripods, and rarely if ever are solid and sturdy. For smaller cameras, such as the iPhone or GoPro, a smaller tripod or specialized tripod (such as the Joby GorillaPod) are an excellent addition to the tripod support.
• As for lenses, we recommend a wide angle to medium to long lens for the workshop. How you choose to fulfill that is at your discretion. Would an 18-200 work? Absolutely. Would all prime lenses work? Absolutely. Do I need a 400/2.8 with a 2x tele-convertor? Not really, unless you like carrying that hunk of glass around AND have an idea for a shot you want to accomplish.
• One extra item to consider is small pieces of black foam-core or poster board (6″ x 6″, about 8 pieces), along with black gaffers tape or similar cloth-backed tape. There will be situations where we need to ‘flag’ the lenses, and the tape and boards can be used to create a flag.
For the image sequence rendering software, we will be teaching and providing support for QuickTimePro 7.0 and the image sequence properties within the application. While there are many other software and plug-in options on the market for sequencing time lapse photos, we will be discussing the other options, the good and the bad, but will not be utilizing them at the curriculum level. If you wish to use software other than QuickTimePro, please take the time to familiarize yourself with the software and make sure it is working properly BEFORE the workshop. We will not have time to troubleshoot or teach individual pieces of software to each workshop participant.
The finished time lapse sequence is a movie file, which then needs to be edited in with other sequences to produce the final time lapse movie. Brief instruction in video production on your choice of iMovie, Final Cut Pro, or Adobe Premiere (Mac or Windows), culminating in the production of your own short time lapse photography film to be shown at the end of the workshop. While there are many different types of editing software solution on the market for video post-production, for this workshop we will be teaching iMovie and Final Cut Pro X, while supporting only Final Cut Pro 7.0, Final Cut Pro X, and Adobe Premiere.
If you do not have the software already purchased and installed on your laptop computer, it is recommended that you simply download the free, full-working demo of the software of your choice to your computer a few days prior to the workshop. Both Apple (Final Cut Pro X) and Adobe (Premiere) offer downloadable demos of their software. (Apple no longer sells Final Cut Pro 7.0)
Please: Do NOT wait until the start of the workshop to download your demo of the software. There is limited time for instruction and hands-on assistance, and these software downloads and installs can take some time.
In regards to which software to choose for your video editing solution, we can not recommend one application over the other. On the level of ease of use, we would rank iMovie as the easiest to use, followed by Final Cut Pro X, and then Adobe Premiere, which has a steeper learning curve.
Additional workshop details will be emailed to all workshop participants as the workshop start date nears.
The workshop schedule usually allows for a sit-down breakfast and sit-down dinner every day, while some days we will have a sit-down lunch or get a lunch to-go in order to maximize our shooting time.
We are proud to offer several of our workshops through Nikonians Academy, including this Time Lapse Photography workshop. Members of Nikonians register for this workshop through Nikonians Academy.
In order to ensure availability for those on our waiting list, all workshop cancellations will have the following fees applied:
Cancellation up to and within 60 calendar days prior to workshop start date:
Full refund of workshop tuition; no cancellation fee (Refund applied within 3 business days of cancellation notice)
Cancellation up to and within 30 calendar days of workshop start date:
Refund of workshop tuition minus $100 cancellation fee (Refund/fees applied at conclusion of scheduled workshop; waived if workshop seat booked prior to workshop start date)
Cancellation up to and within 7 calendar days of workshop start date:
No refund of workshop tuition (Waived if workshop seat booked prior to workshop start date with applicable refund applied at conclusion of scheduled workshop)