Remote Camera Setup Made Simple by Chris Williams

When you don’t want to put your expensive camera far from where you’re working, or prefer to avoid hoisting thousands of dollars of camera gear on a stand surrounded by crowds of people, a simple solution is the GoPro.

There are no remote controls, no triggers to plug in, and the camera is half the size of an iPhone. The camera easily attaches to a tripod, light clamp or light stand. While the GoPro can record in still and video mode, I use it only for still images so I can create a time lapse video of the event, wedding, conference, etc.

Recently I was asked by a charity group to create a time-lapse of a playground being built in New Orleans. I was also photographing the event with my Leica rangefinders. I needed to find a simple solution for a few reasons. First, there’s not a remote method to record stills with a Leica rangefinder. Second, rain was forecast and I did not want to have my Nikon cameras 15 feet in the air around 200 people trying to build a playground within a few hours in the middle of a rain storm. So, the GoPro was an easy choice.

The GoPro comes with a waterproof housing, so rain is not a concern. Plus, instead of taking a chance on expensive gear being damaged, GoPro cameras start at just $200.

The setup is simple. The GoPro allows for the following capture modes:

Single Triple shot burst Time-lapse (1, 2, 5, 10, 30 or 60 secs). I chose to use the time-lapse 10 second and 30 second settings since I was creating a time-lapse from multiple angles throughout the day. Once you have times set, a simple press of the shutter button begins the time-lapse. I mounted the camera to a large background stand raised to approximately 15 feet and placed it away from pedestrians. Each angle I chose consisted of around 300 images and at the end of the day I used iMovie to make a time-lapse of the entire day. Luckily, the rain mostly stayed away and the winds were not too strong to move the camera on the stand.

I edited the final images in Adobe Lightroom and then used Apple’s iMovie to put all of the images together. Click below to see the result.

 A remote camera can be set-up to do a time-lapse at weddings and events, or to shoot stills for a second or third angle. It can be your secret weapon against a church official who won’t let you stand at the front of the church during a wedding ceremony. Because the GoPro is small, lightweight, and weather-resistant, the number of places and situations you can utilize this tool are limited only by your creativity!

 

About Chris Williams: Chris is a documentary photographer living in New Orleans, Louisiana for the past 17 years. While a majority of his work focuses on wedding and portrait photography, he takes every chance he can get to explore personal work. In 2009 he had the opportunity to photograph His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama and in 2010 he had a selection of his iHolga(iPhone) images displayed in Berlin and NYC. Last year his wedding work took him to Hawaii and Cabo. Recently his work was on display in New Orleans and Los Angeles and he was the featured photographer at the Leica Las Vegas Workshop in February 2012. “I always have a camera on me, even if it’s a trip down the street for pizza, who knows what may happen, you may miss that decisive moment”.

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The Art of Automation by Jared Platt

There was a time when every automobile was built by hand.

Today, there are only a handful of manufacturers that put their cars together one at a time, but those cars are so ridiculously expensive that few of us will ever sit in one, much less own one.

The reason we can all afford a car today is because of automation. Automation is also the reason that there is incredible consistency in the quality of any line of cars. There are too many wedding photographers who want to build their photos one at a time, the old fashioned way. They want to create perfection in each one, but that kind of old-fashioned thinking leads to either unsustainably high prices, or unacceptably long turn around and absolutely no consistency in the quality and style of the product.

Learning lessons from manufacturing mavens.

Automation saves on labor costs and creates consistent results. Of course, you’re an artist, so may …

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Lightroom Speed Tip 1: Labels and Collections by Jared Platt

In this video Adobe Lightroom tutorial, Jared explains how he uses color labels in connection with smart collections to speed up process of selecting and delivering images for various purposes.

Join Jared Platt for Office Hours on November 1, 2011 at 10 AM PT for a discussion on Workflow Speed Tips in Lightroom.

Also, don’t miss Jared’s lectures and Lightroom Intensive Workshop at PartnerCon in San Diego November 7-9, 2011.

About Jared Platt

Jared Platt is a professional photographer and photographic educator. He studied photography at Arizona State University where he earned his undergraduate and masters degrees in Photography. He teaches college photography courses as well as workshops for professional photographers and provides online education for photographers and photo enthusiast throughout the world.

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Exporting Lightroom Catalogs from Smart Collections by Jared Platt

A quick video from Jared Platt about Lightroom Catalogs.

Join Jared on October 6 @ 10 AM PT for a live Q&A where Jared will share everything you need to know about Lightroom Catalogs!

Don’t miss Jared Platt at PartnerCon 2011 in San Diego.  You can find times, dates and links to Jared’s Office Hours on The Photo Life Blog.

About Jared Platt

Jared Platt is a professional photographer and photographic educator. He studied photography at Arizona State University where he earned his undergraduate and masters degrees in Photography. He teaches college photography courses as well as workshops for professional photographers and provides online education for photographers and photo enthusiast throughout the world.

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Making Virtual Copies vs. DNG Copies in Lightroom 3 by Jared Platt

This Lightroom Podcast is in answer to the questions: How do I make duplicate images in Lightroom and name them with unique names so I can show them to a client and be able to keep them separated?

This is basically a question of when you should use a virtual copy vs a DNG copy. So here is the answer.

Making Virtual Copies vs. DNG Copies in Lightroom 3 from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

Jared’s Lightroom Workflow Workshop is back on tour. Austin, Dallas, Houston, Chicago and Philadelphia are all on the schedule for July and August. To learn more and sign up for the workshop, go to www.jaredplattworkshops.com.

About Jared Platt

Jared Platt is a professional photographer and photographic educator. He studied photography at Arizona State University where he earned his undergraduate and masters degrees in Photography. He teaches college photography courses as well as workshops for professional photographers and provides online education for photographers …

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Using the Lens Correction Panel in Lightroom 3 by Jared Platt

Many people only think about the Lens Correction Panel in Lightroom 3 when they are trying to correct either a vignette or warping from an extremely wide angle lens. But most lenses (especially zoom lenses) warp the image to some degree. Using the Lens Corrections is not just for wide angle lenses. This tool helps images from every lens with very little user intervention. Try it out. I think you will love it.

Jared’s Lightroom Workflow Workshop is back on tour. Austin, Dallas, Houston, Chicago and Philadelphia are all on the schedule for July and August. To learn more and sign up for the workshop, go to www.jaredplattworkshops.com.

About Jared Platt

Jared Platt is a professional photographer and photographic educator. He studied photography at Arizona State University where he earned his undergraduate and masters degrees in Photography. He teaches college photography courses as well as workshops for professional photographers and provides online education for …

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Use the Right Click in Lightroom 3 (Video Tutorial) by Jared Platt

So many questions can be answered by simply right clicking in Lightroom. If you want to do something to anything in Lightroom, try right clicking it and see what you get. This is just a short list of things that the right click can do and by no means exhaustive. Just right click everything in Lightroom, even the little triangles at the edge of the screen, or the individual section headings on the left and right panels. Spend 20 minutes just right clicking. It will answer so many questions that you will no longer have to ask me about. As much as I like being needed… I’d rather have you exploring and discovering things for yourself.

And if you are on a mac, you do have a right click, you just need a mouse with a right click button. Or hold down the control key and click. (This is the point …

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Syncing Color Labels Between Lightroom 3 and Bridge by Jared Platt

You may have noticed that even though your stars ratings, your adjustments and even your keywords sync between Lightroom and Bridge, your color labels do not. This is a simple problem to solve in the preference options in Lightroom and Bridge. This Lightroom Podcast deals with making your color labels sync between Lightroom and Bridge.

Syncing Color Labels Between Lightroom and Bridge from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

Jared’s Lightroom Workflow Workshop is back on tour. Kansas City, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Savannah and Orlando are all on the schedule Starting on May 4, 2011. To learn more and sign up for the workshop, go to www.jaredplattworkshops.com.

About Jared Platt

Jared Platt is a professional photographer and photographic educator. He studied photography at Arizona State University where he earned his undergraduate and masters degrees in Photography. He teaches college photography courses as well as workshops for professional photographers and provides online education for photographers and …

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Making Photo Enlargements in Lightroom 3 by Jared Platt

Join Jared for his next FREE Lightroom Workflow Q&A Session on Wednesday April 20th at 10 AM PT.

There are plenty of plugins and photoshop methods for enlarging photographs beyond their native size, but Lightroom 3 can match or beat even Genuine Fractals or Perfect Resize on standard every day enlargements.

In this video you will learn how to use Lightroom to enlarge your digital images without the use of Photoshop or a Plugin.

Jared’s Lightroom Workflow Workshop is back on tour. Kansas City, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Atlanta, Savannah and Orlando are all on the schedule in May and June. To learn more and sign up for the workshop, go to www.jaredplattworkshops.com.

About Jared Platt

Jared Platt is a professional photographer and photographic educator. He studied photography at Arizona State University where he earned his undergraduate and masters degrees in Photography. He teaches college photography courses as well as workshops for professional photographers and provides …

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Making Beautiful Black & White Images in Lightroom 3 by Jared Platt

There is more to making a beautiful black and white image than just clicking on the Black and White button. In Lightroom 3, you can make some very beautiful black and white images if you understand just a couple principles and tools. In this video, you will learn how to use Adobe Lightroom 3 to make extremely beautiful black and white images, without every leaving Lightroom.

Making Beautiful Black and White Images in Lightroom 3 from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

Jared Platt’s Lightroom Workflow Workshop Tour is starting up again in May. He will be visiting cities all across the country throughout the summer and fall of 2011. Spending a day with Jared will change your life. Conquer your workflow demons! Go to www.jaredplattworkshops.com to learn more.

About Jared Platt

Jared Platt is a professional photographer and photographic educator. He studied photography at Arizona State University where he …

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