Ballooning Time-Lapse tutorial by Canon

The Canon Digital Learning Center posted an article about how to realise a ballooning time-lapse, i.e. how to capture a ballooning event (Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta) and produce a time-lapse video.

Time-lapse is the recording of multiple still images taken over a period of time to demonstrate the compression of time. How we do this is by taking still images at specific intervals, without moving the camera. By assembling this series of images into a video clip, it appears to show the passage of time. For a unique story-telling approach, you may want to shoot a few different angles of the same event (“b-roll,” which is the term for creating more than one angle as supplemental footage to be inserted in a clip in order to keep your viewer’s interest) to create different perspectives. Read the article…

Canon also posted an article with safety tips for those who want to make such a time-lapse video, and hence have to go close to the balloons for pictures.

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What makes a portrait? Portrait sessions with a twist

What Makes A Portrait? Portrait Sessions With A Twist

Interesting video by Canon Australia on YouTube. What gives a portrait its distinctive note? How does the photographer shape the final outcome of a portrait? Six photographers portrait the same man, making six distinctive portraits.  Have a look at the video below, it’s pretty interesting and won’t take too much of your time (it’s just 3:16 minutes)

A photograph is shaped more by the person behind the camera than by what’s in front of it.
To prove this we invited six photographers to a portrait session with a twist. ‘Decoy’ is one of six experiments from The Lab, designed to shift creative thinking behind the lens. Want to be part of future The Lab experiments? Register your interest here.

The Fujin Mark II lens sucks, and that’s what it’s expected to do (sensor cleaning gadget)

We had this cool gadget on our radar last year. Now a Mark II release is about to hit the shelves.

What is the Fujin Mark II? It’s a pocketable vacuum cleaner you can mount on your Canon DSLR as if it was a lens. The Fujin Mark II features an electric fan and a stator to suck up any dust particle from your sensor. Cool, isn’t it? I never tried one so I can’t say how effective it is, but it looks good to me. Have a look at the video above. The Fujin Mark II will be released at the end of September, and sells at $150, a 5 filters pack sells for $18. It’s also available on eBay

Product description after the break.

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