The ultimate crash course on night time-lapse photography (30min video)


Have you ever wanted to shoot a cool time-lapse but were afraid of the complexities of the task? Here is the 30 minutes crash course on time-lapse that you’ve waiting for.

Photographer Mark Gee shows you how to tackle the various tasks, like planning, setting up, shooting, post processing and exporting.

In this Star Timelapse tutorial you’ll learn how to setup a motion control timelapse using the Syrp Genie and Magic Carpet. This guide to Astro Timelapse covers everything from location scouting to camera setup and includes a detailed section on post production using Adobe Lightroom and LR Timelapse.

The tutorial goes beyond the software and the gear used by Mark Gee. Btw, he used a EOS 6D and Canon 14mm L lens. Enjoy:

In the field:

0:49 – Location Scouting – Mobile Apps | Composition
3:03 – Camera setup – Image Quality | Shutter | Aperture | ISO | Focus
4:33 – How to avoid star trailing
5:27 – Setup the Genie – Rec Time | Interval | Play Time
6:29 – How the interval works
7:43 – Setup the movement – Movement length | Ease in / out

Post Production:

8:20 – Introduction and workflow setup
10:32 – Color adjustments and neutralising the image
11:32 – Lens Correction
12:20 – Set black and white points
13:20 – Color adjustment – Clarity | Tone Curve
16:30 – Local Sky Adjustments – Graduated Ramp
19:37 – Technical Clean-up – Noise Reduction | Artifact clean up
22:47 – Sync color adjustments to all images
24:22 – Export all images to LR Timelapse
26:08 – Export out a movie from LR Timelapse – Codec | Output size

[via DIY Photography via Mark Gee]

Canon patent for EF-S 55-200mm f/4-6.3 STM lens

EF-S 55-200mm

Canon patent for an EF-S 55-200mm f/4-6.3 STM lens. No mention of IS in the patent, that’s weird. For the time being there is an EF-M 55-200mm IS STM lens for the EOS M system.

Hard to say if this patent will ever hit the market. A similar telephoto lens for EF-S mount exists, the similar specced EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM. Note that the optical formula in the Canon patent mentions an f/6.3 max aperture at telephoto lens. Could be another kit lens option, or just one of the many patents filed by Canon.

  • Patent Publication No. 2015-197655
    • Published 2015.11.9
    • Filing date 2014.4.3
  • Example 1
    • Zoom ratio 3.68
    • Focal length 54.36 133.00 199.99
    • F-number 4.14 5.22 6.32
    • Half angle of 14.11 5.86 3.91
    • Image height 13.66
    • Overall length of the lens 129.39 161.77 167.04
    • BF 46.78 66.90 78.18
[via Egami]

Expires Today: Canon EOS M3 killer deal, with EVC-DC1 viewfinder – $449 (reg. $879)

eos m3 deal

Killer deal by B&H Photo, and it is still live (expires today). Get the Canon EOS M3 with electronic viewfinder Canon EVF-DC1 for just $449. The deal applies to all EOS M3 kits.

How it works: click on “Build Bundle” on the right side, under the big “Add to cart” button. Select the Canon EVF-DC1. You will see that the EVF-DC1 has $200 instant rebate and costs just $18.99. The EOS M3 saw a $250 price drop and now it’s $429.99. Add $18.99 to this and you get the final price of $449. This makes an excellent deal! Expires: 11/28/2015.

EOS M3 key features:

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 3.0″ 1,040k-Dot Touchscreen Tilting LCD
  • Full HD 1080p Video at 24/25/30 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • Hybrid CMOS AF System with 49 AF Points
  • ISO 100-12800, Expandable to 25600
  • Hot Shoe and Built-In Flash
  • 3.5mm Stereo Mic Input
  • Full Manual Control

All Black Friday 2015 deals are listed on our Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals page.

New Black Friday deals added at all major online retailers

black friday

Another round of Black Friday deals has been added to the listings of all major online retailers:

I recommend you check the Canon Store’s refurbished gear listings. A lot of super deals can be found there:

Be sure to check my continuously updated Back Friday and Cyber Monday 2015 page.

Canon 35mm f/1.4L II USM video-review (DigitalRev TV)

DigitalRev’s Kai reviewed Canon’s new EF 35mm f/1.4L II, featuring Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics.

Key features:

  • EF Mount L-Series Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4-22
  • Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics
  • Two Aspherical Elements, One UD Element
  • Subwavelength and Fluorine Coatings
  • Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
  • Full-Time Manual Focus Override
  • Weather-Sealed Design
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II: Amazon | B&H Photo | Digitalrev | eBay | Adorama | Canon USA

EF 35mm f/1.4L II