Friday, August 3, 2018

How to make a slow motion movie with high FPS movie cameras and Adobe Premiere Pro.

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How to make a slow motion movie with high FPS movie cameras and Adobe Premiere Pro.





Shot on a delightful summer's day in Ealing, London using my Canon 7D & Canon 1.4 USM lens. This movie was an attempt to experiment with extremely slow motion footage and incorporating evocative music into a story.

The movie itself has no storyline. It was shot over 3 hours using props (flying paper planes), lots of jumping, running, falling backwards and twirling. Any opportunity, really, that I could get to really put a squeeze on the frame rate in slow motion.

The Canon 7D shoots at between 24 & 30 frames per second. This fps gave me good leverage in the video editing software without getting that choppy 'stop & go' motion.
The dynamic range on the camera is excellent as well (very little detail lost in low lit & extremely bright areas).

Editing for super slow motion:

I used Adobe premiere pro to edit the footage. Adobe offers an excellent tutorial on how to edit slow motion using 'optical flow'. The Optical flow function interpolates whole new frames between 2 separate frames to create a much smoother transition (the kind of slow down you see in high end automobile adds or sports replays).
The time re-mapping effect can be used to 'ramp-up' or 'ramp-down' to the slow moving parts. Adding key frames at the appropriate points in the timeline and stretching them out creates the smooth ramping up or ramping down seen in my video at 0:05, 1:05 and 1:52. It is important to turn on time interpolation-->optical flow at this point (and make it re-render) to create the smooth transition without choppy movement.

Where to license the music:

The music I used was Wings by Niklas Aman licensed through youlicense which has sadly ceased operations since April 2018. However, you can still license music at sites like https://artlist.io/ and licensingmusic.
However, If you plan to make a movie for personal viewing (no final commercial use intended), then you can just download the music you want at Apple music.


Other movie/video cameras that offer much higher fps (frames per second capabilities) than the Canon 7D-


Go Pro Hero 6 Black  - Comes with very high fps recording and in-camera stabilization that almost completely eliminates any shaking, much like a gyroscope would. This might not be an ideal camera for portrait shoots and pretty bridal sessions but it is arguably the best camera for recording your day out on adventure sports. In slow motion.
Best bought with a chest mount if you are the only one recording your journey (such as on a ski or bike).
Using a frame rate interpolation function in Adobe would be just pure gravy given how smooth the camera's in built interpolation of fps makes the footage. This is the only camera whose slow motion footage would need no video editing.

Sony DSC RX 10M II (can slow down frame rate by 40 times - effectively 960 fps). This fps is available at the 1920x1080pixels setting.

Sony RX100 V - A slightly older but cheaper version of the Sony DSC. It has fewer mega pixels but unless you are a full fledged commercial photographer, that does not make any difference. Can slow down frame rate by 40 times - effectively 960 fps). This fps is available at the 1920x1080pixels setting.






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Monday, July 16, 2018

A spring fashion shoot.

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How to set up a garden fashion shoot all by yourself (without assistants).

Nothing like a snow ball viburnum bush in full bloom with 'snow in summer' ground cover as a perfect backdrop for an outdoor fashion shoot. Location - Seattle, my garden.

Always shoot early morning or late evening. Light at this time is more diffused & does not create harsh shadows. This also eliminates the need to use large bounces which I would need to use after 9am on a sunny day. Shoot against the light to prevent shadows on faces. Give your models plenty of space. Use a lens hood when the sun's angle is low - this will prevent flare spots in your photos. I did not use my hood as I wanted some diffusion & flare in my photos to make the garments appear gauzy & transparent.

Choosing gardens:
1. Shoot in your own garden, if you have one, ideally when all the flowering trees & shrubs are in bloom.
2.Remove any garden pots, tools or clutter from the background.
3. If you do not have a garden ask a friend or relative if you can use theirs. Make it worthwhile for them & clean up after the shoot.
4. Find a local park at a time when there are fewer people using it, so no one ends up photobombing your shoot.



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Equipment used: My trusty old Rebel Xti & Canon 1.4 USM lens. Just as the models arrived, my film camera's battery died (after serving me for 2 years) causing me a minor heart attack. Luckily, I had my Rebel & always keep one battery charged & the other ready in the charger so all I lost was 10 minutes in making the switch. I used Photoshop for some minor color temperature editing but that was about it.
Exposure: Overexposed by a little over one stop to compensate for backlighting.