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Tutorial: How to setup a motion star timelapse using the Syrp Genie - Mark Gee

11/28/2015 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

Mark Gee is an award winning photographer, time-lapse filmmaker & digital visual effects supervisor based in Wellington, New Zealand. He has worked on many high profile and Oscar award winning feature films. His love of the New Zealand landscape is a big part of the inspiration for his photography.

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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.
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

Gear Used:
  • Canon 6D
  • Canon 14mm Lens L Series
  • Syrp Ballhead
  • Syrp Magic Carpet Slider
  • Syrp Genie - Motion control device

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