It Stands AloneOver on the Canon Professional Network there’s a nice little article on shooting hyperlapse videos by Belgian photographer Matthew Vandeputte.

For those not familiar with the term, its similar to a timelapse (multiple shots taken over time and put together into a video – like this one of mine) but a hyperlapse also includes movement. By movement I’m not talking about the couple of meters a motorised slider might be able to give you but proper distances and this means you have to do quite a bit of post-processing to sync and align all the frames in order to avoid wobble.

In the article Vaneputte says “The one piece of advice I give to people wanting to try out this technique is to just go out and shoot. Analyse what you have shot and how you want it different and then go out and shoot again. There’s only so much you can learn from books, articles or videos. What it really boils down to is hands-on experience. Knowing in a snap second what you have to do to get the shot that’s in your head, and translate it to the settings on your camera is what it all boils down to. And that comes from experience.”

12 Hardest Places To Visit On Earth

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The 500px blog has just posted a an article on the 12 hardest places to visit. I like to travel to slightly unusual places and some of their 12 are certainly on my list but I’m not sure I’d define them as hard to get to.

Some are more unusual than difficult to travel to – Bhutan, Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia. But there are some that take more planning such as Syria (I was on the border last year but not sure I want to go there just yet), Afghanistan (was planning a trip there this year but postponed) and Angola.

Despite the slightly misleading (in my opinion) title its still worth checking out as it includes some wonderful photography from the countries it lists.

For me – I’ve planned my trips for this year. I’ll be visiting Armenia, Georgia and Mongolia. So look out for photos from those countries later in the year.

500px Blog: 12 Hardest Places To Visit On Earth


The Image Story


Have you ever seen a photograph and wondered how it was taken? I’m not talking about the dry technical details here but the real story behind the image. How it came to be. Well a new site just launched aims to help you find out more.

The Image Story is all about sharing the craft and inspiration that go into making photography by those who are passionate about it. It helps explain how the image came to be. What inspired the image? What preparation was needed to make the shot? What decisions were made about composition, timing, and the overall execution of the image? All this in the photographer’s own words.

Regardless of what you like to shoot there’s something for everyone with categories covering:

  • Photojournalism
  • Travel
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Editorial

Because they’ve just launched there’s not a huge number of images there yet and the submissions are mainly from the creators friends and contacts but this will only get better over time. In fact if you think you’ve got a great image and want to tell the story of how it came to be you can even create a submission for consideration. Definitely a site to bookmark and check out on a regular basis as it grows and expands.


Analyse Your Style With Lightroom Analytics

crunching_progressYou all know I love my photography but it’s not my 9-5 day job. That’s working as a data analyst for a large multinational. So hearing about a Lightroom plugin that combines photography and analytics I had to check it out!

The Lightroom Analytics plugin reviews your library and produces reports based on the metadata contained within your images. That data is already sort of viewable if you use the metadata filters in the library module but this exposes it, allows you to download it as a comma separated values (CSV) file for use in Excel or similar tools, and uses this same data to produce a report on a variety of key metrics:

  • Find out which camera and lenses you used the most.
  • Plot your aperture, shutter speed, ISO speed usage: check whether you would need larger aperture lenses or a camera with better high ISO capability.
  • Analyze your develop settings in Lightroom: tone adjustments, Colour HSL adjustments, Black and White mix, Split toning and effects.
  • Find out your common settings and make them into a preset.
  • Analyze the usage of every single lens you’ve got.

The plugin is free and you can download it from the Lightroom Analytics site. Have fun!