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Matthew Vandeputte by Matthew Vandeputte - 2w ago

If you’ve ever wondered how to do a day to night Photoshop then this tutorial is for you! You can watch the video or read the step by step guide here. I go over gear you need, what you need to capture and the workflow in photoshop to get the desired day to night endresult.

DAY TO NIGHT fade photoshop tutorial - YouTube
What you need to create the day to night fade:

What you need to edit:
  • Adobe Photoshop. I recommend getting the ‘photography pack‘ which is a subscription that bundles Photoshop and Lightroom for a very reasonable fee per month.
Day to night fade photoshop tutorial:
  • Open Adobe Photoshop and hit file > open
  • Select the two images you have selected for this job
  • Copy (Cmnd+C or Ctrl+C) one of the images
  • Go to the other window and Paste (Cmnd+V or Ctrl+V) the previous photo over the other one
  • Select the top layer and hit ‘Add layer mask’
  • Select the Gradient tool (G or Shift+G to cycle through the tools)
  • Drag the gradient tool over the image as the mask is selected
  • Fine tune the mask that you’re creating with the brush tool to bring out other elements
  • You can switch between black and white on the mask by pressing X
A couple of thoughts on the day to night Photoshop tutorial:
  • It is crucial that you take the exact same composition for both photos. Even a minor shift or movement will be visible in the end result.
  • Make sure to use the brush on the layer mask. Zoom in on the photo and work with a smaller brush size to fill in buildings and details.

Check out a previous timelapse tutorial: How to shoot a gimbal hyperlapse using the Zhiyun Crane 2 gimbal: https://www.matjoez.com/2017/11/29/gimbal-hyperlapse-tutorial/

Check out my timelapse tutorial playlist on youtube for more content: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTduwHEKQmG98rut7JkEz8sWKlnb3WhAx

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Matthew Vandeputte by Matthew Vandeputte - 2w ago

If you are looking for 5 timelapse tips in 30 seconds then you’re on the right page. In the video I kind of sped through everything because I felt like making a bit of a ridiculous video and I wanted to see what I could pull off. If you have no idea what I’m talking about then please have a look at the video below.

5 TIMELAPSE tips in 30 seconds! - YouTube
Here is the written version of these five timelapse tips. Timelapse tip #1 – Get an ND filter

An ND filter – or Neutral Density filter – is a dark piece of glass that you put in front of your lens. Think of it like a pair of sunglasses for you camera. The goal here is to lengthen your shutter speed – aka dragging your shutter – to create longer exposures, resulting in smooth motion blur. In my experience, even cheap ND filters work really well. Check out the vlog I made about that ages ago (this vlog blew up and got me a lot of heat in the comments, it’s quite funny, I recommend you have a look at how upset people get for very silly reasons)

 ICE ND1000 10 stop ND filter. This is the cheap ND filter I use in the video.

B+W 10 stop ND filter. This is a more expensive, higher quality ND filter.

Cheap ND filter vs Expensive ND filter - An educational vlog in 4K - YouTube
Timelapse tip #2 – Which interval settings to use

These values are averages and can still change depending on your surroundings however they’re a great place to start.

  • People and traffic: 1-2 seconds
  • Clouds and landscapes: 3-6 seconds
  • Sunset or sunrise: 6-10 seconds

Especially with people and traffic it is important to get some motion blur by dragging your shutter. You will get the smoothest results if your shutter speed equals half the interval time.

Timelapse tip #3 – Shoot in Manual mode and RAW

Make sure your camera is on Manual mode and that none of your settings (like white balance and iso) are on auto.

You want to shoot RAW photos as opposed to JPEG photos as RAW gives you much more latitude to work with in post production. You can change the white balance, recover dark shadows and bright highlights etc. A JPEG is a compressed photo, a RAW is the raw data that comes from the image sensor.

Timelapse tip #4 – Get a sturdy tripod

Make sure your tripod is sturdy. You can weigh it down or spread it’s legs more to minimise vibrations and impact from the wind. If your shot does end up being shaky or bumpy then try applying the Warp Stabiliser effect in Adobe After Effects or Adobe Premiere Pro to remove the motion.

This is my main tripod and ballhead.

Timelapse tip #5 – Turn off your lens Image Stabilisation

If your lens (or camera) has image stabilisation make sure to turn it off before shooting. If left on the internal mechanism will look for motion when it’s mounted on the tripod, resulting in shaky timelapse footage. Again, this can be fixed in post using the Warp Stabiliser.

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Matthew Vandeputte by Matthew Vandeputte - 2w ago

This blog is all about my latest 6DMkII sunset timelapse tutorial. If you want to find the easiest way to shoot a holy grail timelapse then you’ve come to the right spot!

EASIEST sunset timelapse tutorial 6DMkII - Holy grail timelapse - YouTube
What you need to shoot this sunset timelapse:

What you need to edit:
  • Nothing! That’s the beauty of this technique. The camera will render a video file for you and there’s no need to edit anything at all.
6DMKII sunset timelapse tutorial:
  • Turn your camera’s mode dial to Aperture Priority or Av mode.
  • Switch to video mode.
  • Go to Menu > Timelapse video and enable ‘Timelapse Movie Mode’.
  • Select 4K or HD timelapse. 4K timelapse is 4 times bigger than HD.
  • Select your desired interval, I went with 6 seconds.
  • Select a large number of shots. You can always stop the camera before the sequence ends by hitting the shutter button.
  • Select ‘Each frame’ at Auto Exposure. This will measure the brightness for every photo and ramp the exposure gradually.
  • Enable ‘LCD auto off’ to save battery. You can always press the info button to check on the sequence. Just make sure you don’t bump the camera or tripod when doing this.
  • Disable the beep or leave it enabled. Your preference.
  • Half press the shutter button to leave the menu. Frame up your shot and make sure everything is in focus.
  • Switch your lens to Manual Focus.
  • Set your desired Aperture and make sure your ISO is set to auto.
  • Press the shutter button to take a test shot. Press the Start/Stop button to get ready to shoot the timelapse movie.
  • Once you’re ready to go press the shutter button and the sequence will start. Let it run until it’s over or you can quit the sequence by pressing the shutter button.
How the 6DMkII time-lapse movie mode works:

When enabling ‘auto exposure each frame’ for your time-lapse movie the 6DMkII will measure the brightness of the scene for every single photo it takes. With fixed exposure it won’t change any settings. Over the course of the sequence, as the light changes, the camera will gradually change the exposure settings by changing the shutter speed and iso value. It takes hundreds of photos and at the end of the sequence compiles these photos in a video file without any exposure flickering. It’s the gradual change of exposure settings that prevents the flickering. The codec for the canon timelapse movie mode is Motion JPEG.  As this codec has an enormous bitrate the video will play back in a choppy way, it actually says ‘frame skip’ next to the play button.

On playback you can edit the movie file. You can cut off the beginning or end, add music and overwrite the original file or export it as a new video file. This is great if you want to extract a small part out of a larger timelapse on the camera before sharing it to your phone using the wireless communications settings.

A couple of thoughts on the 6DMkII timelapse movie mode:
  • You can’t ramp (gradually change) the white balance of the sequence.
  • A night shot should always be a bit underexposed. You can fix this by colour grading the ending of your sequence in your desired editing software and slowly cross fading into the graded shot at the end of the sequence.
  • If you want full control over all the settings and if you want to be able to exposure ramp and gradually change the white balance I recommend checking out LRTimelapse by Gunther Wegner. LRTimelapse is the world’s leading timelapse software and a must have for any professional.
  • What about Sony cameras, haven’t they been doing this for ages? Yup, that’s right, and that’s good for them. However I prefer Canon cameras and lenses for a lot of reasons. Ergonomics, battery life, weather sealing, colour science etc to name a few. To be fair any camera can shoot great timelapses, it’s more about the operator than the gear.
  • As for Nikon, apparently the D810 and D850 have this setting too and it’s called ‘exposure smoothing’. Thanks for the tip, Chris R on youtube!

Check out my previous timelapse tutorial: How to shoot a gimbal hyperlapse using the Zhiyun Crane 2 gimbal: https://www.matjoez.com/2017/11/29/gimbal-hyperlapse-tutorial/

Check out my timelapse tutorial playlist on youtube for more content: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTduwHEKQmG98rut7JkEz8sWKlnb3WhAx

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Matthew Vandeputte by Matthew Vandeputte - 2w ago

DJI invited me to the DJI Mavic Air launch event in Sydney, Australia. They gave us early access to their new foldable drone and gave a fantastic presentation about all the new functionalities.

I’m excited to share my initial thoughts on this brand new little drone!

DJI Mavic Air Australia first impressions - YouTube
Here’s what I like about the DJI Mavic Air
  • It is incredibly small. When folded up it is smaller than the DJI Spark.
  • The camera is supposed to be better than the DJI Mavic.
  • The controller knobs on the remote are detachable, which makes it even smaller to store.
  • Internal memory of 8GB for when you forget your SD card.
  • Finally a USB C connection on the drone!
  • You can shoot DNG photos, allowing for better and more flexible post production.
  • 360 panorama mode, where the drone automatically shoots a full sphere of photos and stitches them.
  • New smart modes like Asteroid and Boomerang for hands free operations.
Here’s what I don’t like about the DJI Mavic Air:
  • The flight time is limited to 21 minutes.
  • The remote lacks an LCD screen.
  • The price is higher than I expected it to be. It’s about the same as the Mavic Pro upon launch.
  • It’s not the Mavic Pro 2 we were all hoping for!
My final thoughts:

Will I get one? Yes! Why? Because I’d rather have a drone with me than no drone at all. I very rarely bring my DJI Phantom 4 Pro with me due to it’s size and weight. The new DJI Mavic Air will always have a spot available in any (camera) bag because it is so incredibly small.

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Matthew Vandeputte by Matthew Vandeputte - 2w ago

In this tutorial I am going to teach you how to shoot a hyperlapse on a gimbal. This is an incredibly easy thing to do and gives you some really impressive visuals.

If you haven’t seen the video tutorial yet then make sure to check it out first here:

Zhiyun Crane 2 gimbal hyperlapse tutorial + unboxing - YouTube
What you need to shoot the gimbal hyperlapse:
  • A camera (DSLR, mirrorless, even a phone will do)
  • Wide angle lens (wide angle remark)
  • ND filter
  • Intervalometer (timelapse remote)
  • Gimbal (I use the Zhiyun Tech Crane 2)

Check out all the gear I used in this Kit list.

What you need to edit:
How to shoot the gimbal hyperlapse:
  • Install the base plate on your camera
  • Install the ND filter on your lens
  • Attach the tripod base to the gimbal
  • Slide the camera on the gimbal and without powering on balance all three of the axes
  • Power on the Zhiyun Crane 2 gimbal by holding down the power button for 3 seconds
  • Press the mode button to enter Lock mode
  • Use the joystick to frame up your shot
  • Attach your intervalometer and take a test shot, aim for a half second exposure, adjust your iso and aperture to get the right exposure
  • Set your interval to 2 seconds (one second also works but you need a fast write speed)
  • Press start on the remote and slowly, steadily walk the trail towards or from your subject
How to edit gimbal hyperlapse sequences:
  • Offload the contents of your memory card on a hard drive (I like the Samsung T5 SSD)
  • Import the contents of the hard drive into Lightroom using the ‘Add’ method
  • Organise and rename your sequences
  • Import the JPEG photos (RAW also works, it’s just slow) into After Effects as a sequence and create a composition
  • Apply the Warp Stabiliser effect and set smoothness to 10%
  • Let AE analyse the clip and export as a video file
  • Share on instagram and get a few likes and comments
Extra notes:

The reason you want to use a wide angle lens is because they minimise ‘camera move blur’. The longer the lens the faster your shutter speed has to be or your shot will be blurry. The wider your lens the longer the exposure you can use. Paired with a gimbal this means we can shoot 0,5 second long exposures and still get a relatively sharp subject in the middle of the frame.

The difference with shooting long exposure photos as a hyperlapse on a tripod is that only the moving subjects in the frame will be motion blurred. Using the gimbal method everything that is within the frame and close to the camera becomes motion blurred.

Forwards and backwards moves are easy, where it gets more difficult is walking past a subject and panning the camera so that you revolve around the building or object of choice. I have some ideas on how to tackle this, will keep you posted.

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Client: Ford Australia
Date: May 2017
Deliverables: Shoot and edit an evening event video to go live at 8am the morning after.

Freedom of Movement - Vivid Sydney 2017 - YouTube

In March 2017 I approached Ford Australia with a few video and activation ideas for one of their main events of the year: Vivid Sydney.
I pitched a few scenarios including creating a ‘how to get to the Ford activation’ hyperlapse video, a social media instameet and an overnight edit of the launch night.
We ended up combining all of those things in one concept.
On the launch night we would host a number of influential instagrammers and record a video to go live the next morning that shows exactly where the Ford x Vivid activation was located.

The shoot window was extremely small, I had a bit under 45 minutes to shoot everything I needed. This includes all the timelapses, slow motion video and photographs to share on Instagram.

I was running two cameras simultaneously: one camera to shoot timelapses of the electric swings and the other one (1DXMkII) to record video footage and still photographs.

The opening sequence are timelapse clips that I had prepared earlier.

The video was uploaded to the Ford Australia facebook page the morning after and has collected over 45000 views so far.

If you don’t know what Vivid Sydney is: it’s the world’s biggest and best light festival. Held in Sydney, Australia for 3 to 4 weeks around May-June. Here’s a Vivid Sydney timelapse video I made a while back.

Vivid Sydney 2016 4K Timelapse film - YouTube

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Client: Tourism Philippines (Australia New Zealand)
Date: October 2016
Deliverables: Instagram content and a Philippines travel video

The Philippines by Matjoez - YouTube

In October 2016 Tourism Philippines asked me to show off their country’s assets, particularly the islands of Palawan and Cebu. I’d heard rumours of the Philippines’ natural beauty, so I couldn’t refuse the offer. What followed was 7 days of island hopping in some of the most stunning natural surroundings I have ever experienced (and I’ve been to some beautiful places).
Daily instagram content (click here to see everything I posted), a series of video blogs for Youtube and a hero video piece were the deliverables. The initial plan was to create a timelapse video much like My Dubai however the trip itinerary didn’t allow for enough timelapse recording so I went with a mix of timelapse, slow motion video and aerial footage to create a Philippines travel video.

In that one unforgettable week I shot 10800 photos and videos (608GB of data) to make this edit, which combines slow motion, timelapse and aerials to capture the jaw-dropping beauty and unique sense of escapism on offer in the Philippines.

Gear used:
Canon 1DXMkII
Canon 5DMkIII
Canon 24-70 f4
Canon 40mm STM
Aquatech DC-5 V3 water housing
DJI Phantom 4
Edited in Premiere Pro, Lightroom and After Effects
Music by Cymantix – The man with no fear

In this playlist you can watch all the video blogs I made on the Philippines trip.

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Client: Tourism Dubai
Date: October 2015
Deliverables: Instagram and Youtube content promoting Tourism Dubai to Australia and New Zealand

My Dubai by @Matjoez - YouTube

In October 2015 I was part of a group of instagrammers from Australia and New Zealand who got flown to Dubai to promote tourism in the region. I created a timelapse video as well as a series of images and videos on instagram (click here to see them) and a series of video blogs.

The video content on Youtube resulted in 173000 ‘minutes watched’ (more than 120 days).

Here’s the gear I used:
Cameras: Canon 5DSR, 5DMkIII x 2
Lenses: Canon 11-24, 24, 16-35, 24-70, 70-200

Here are some project stats:
I shot 28233 RAW photos which resulted in 1160 gigabytes of data. In total I recorded 56 timelapse sequences and 1168 video sequences.

I documented the entire trip in these video blogs.

Here are some behind the scenes shots and extra photos.

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Client: Canon Australia
Date: Mid 2017
Deliverables: New camera (EOS 6DMkII) launch video and hero still image for print advertising

World-first Canon EOS 6D Mark II Astrophotography Time-lapse - YouTube

Mid 2017 I was commissioned by Canon Australia to create the launch content for the highly anticipated EOS 6DMkII camera.
They requested a timelapse video for social media and a still photograph for use in print advertising in the Australia – New Zealand region. Hong Kong and Macau were later added to the regions where the imagery would be displayed.
I pitched a number of storylines and ended up creating a short timelapse film juxtaposing energetic city scenes with calm and peaceful astro shots from rural Australia.

I documented the entire making of process in the following video.

How I made the #6DMkII astro timelapse launch video - YouTube

Here are some behind the scenes shots and extra photos.

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