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digital Video

Learning to see

A wonderful video on a variety of things, including learning and teaching to see. Make sure to check out Edward Tufte’s website if you love such things. I learned a lot from his books (and I am still saving to attend a seminar).

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color digital photography Video

New Zealand with a Nex-7

What kind of lenses do you take on a trip to New Zealand? The choices could be many, depending on the camera system. The good thing is that I have a Sony Nex-7.

There are not many lenses for the Sony E mount. That way the choices are not many. I have not many lenses either and chose to take two. The lenses were my two favorites at that time:

  • Sony 50mm f/1.8
  • Sigma EX DN 19mm f/2.8

You could take millions of pictures in New Zealand. Don’t panic. You do not have to watch them all. I selected some for you and offer a video (unstabilized and ungraded) as a short vacation for you.

BTW: Next time I would go for the Sigma EX DN 30mm f/2.8 and a 18-200 for video. Enjoy.

 
A rainbow in NZ by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
A rainbow in NZ by Stefan Steinbauer
 
Dead Sulphur Mill by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
Dead Sulphur Mill by Stefan Steinbauer
 
Sunken into by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
Sunken into by Stefan Steinbauer
 
White Island Sulphur by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
White Island Sulphur by Stefan Steinbauer
 
Orange steel by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
Orange steel by Stefan Steinbauer
 
Rusty tower by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
Rusty tower by Stefan Steinbauer
 
Leaving White Island by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
Leaving White Island by Stefan Steinbauer
 
Champagne Pool by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
Champagne Pool by Stefan Steinbauer
 
Craters of the moon by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
Craters of the moon by Stefan Steinbauer
 
I spit fire by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
I spit fire by Stefan Steinbauer
 
On the moon by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
On the moon by Stefan Steinbauer
 
Everything orange? by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
Everything orange? by Stefan Steinbauer
 
Flowery water by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight) on 500px.com
Flowery water by Stefan Steinbauer

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digital Video

Quick test: Noise on Nex-7 video

I tried to find out what the impact of the ISO on video on the Nex-7, so I cycled through with the lens cap on. The noise was not that visible so I tried to do what you usually try to avoid. I added brightness and sharpening.

Let me know, what you think. For me it prooves my experiences, that videos start get noisy with ISO bigger than 800.

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Video visualisation

Proof of concept: Compositing video in Motion 5

When the weather is not that good outside, what do you do? I decided to play around with a snippet of video and try out some compositing with video.

What did I try? I wanted a piece of text to move with something in the background and vanish behind a piece of foreground.

So what did I learn?

  • Next time I use only stabilized imagery – the handheld footage is good enough for the poc (proof of concept).
  • I have to work on the 3d-text effect, it still has its problems.
  • I have to work on the synchronisation of the movement of background and foreground.

But enough talk – here is the video. I’ll be outside….

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Magic Lantern timelapse Video

Strong wind timelapse

I used the Magic Lantern again to create a timelapse. But the clouds were so fast (stormy wind) that I had to slow down the framerate to 15 fps. See for yourself. It is still very fast…

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color Magic Lantern photography Video

Shallow depth of field

 

Shallow depth of field can be beautiful. But the problem with such a focus is that the real focus can be hard to find in the view finder. Magic lantern can assist in finding the focus.

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digital Lifehack photography Video visualisation

The virtual dolly – time lapse next gen

I finally made my proof of concept: By using Blender I made a time lapse video and applied some virtual dolly movement. Meaning, that the camera is moving across the picture. This is possible due to the bigger than full HD video source made from the single picture recorded with the Canon Powershot S95. A zoom would have been also possible but was not implemented due to calculation time reasons.
Lean back and enjoy