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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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Best lace lingerie to use for studio fashion and boudoir photo shoots.

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Picking the right lingerie for high production value fashion and boudoir shoots.

Great lingerie has the ability to transform a photoshoot from staid to spectacular. Even if the lingerie itself is not part of the offering or the apparel being sold.

Below are photos of models in lingerie that supported a shoot but was not actually part of the final product-


Choosing the best lingerie for a fashion or boudoir photoshoot



The most gorgeous black lingerie is available on Agent Provocateur and La Perla.


Choosing the best lingerie for a fashion or boudoir photoshoot




Choosing the best lingerie for a fashion or boudoir photoshoot


Black thongs for boudoir shoots.





How to choose the best lingerie for a fashion shoot.

Pick a brand that is well known for it's great finishes & details. Very high quality lingerie tends to rub off positively on the overall look of images. They actually lend their lofty, high end appeal to all other apparel in in the shoot and can completely change the look of clothes worn over them!

-You do not want a cheap finish, loose threads hanging out of place or for the models to be uncomfortable & itchy. I have seen models & clients scratch up a storm around shoulder straps & that will only mean more valuable time spent covering up red & sore areas with makeup during a shoot or more photoshop fixes during editing.
-It is always wise to pick colors that will either be neutral to the shoot or will complement the garments.
-As far as bras go, I have found balconettes look the most alluring in photoshoots even if that is something your boudoir shoot client or model might not choose to wear on a daily basis.

Buying the right size lingerie for the shoot.

Always ask the models in the shoot for their bust measurements at the fullest & their under bust measurements at the narrowest before you order. This will will give you an accurate band & cup size. So say, their under bust is 30" & the bust at the fullest is 36", then their bra size is 30F (where F = the 6" difference) in a full cup bra & a 30G in a balconette (since you have to go up a cup size in that silhouette. Ideally do this at least 2 weeks before the shoot so that there is plenty of time for the lingerie to arrive after you have purchased it. The cost of the lingerie can be deducted as a business expense. What you do with it after the shoot is up to you.