A Time Lapse Project preview

For those of you that do not know what a time lapse is, here is a short explanation. This is from the Merriam-Webster dictionary –—used to describe a way of filming something in which many photographs are taken over a long period of time and are shown quickly in a series so that a slow action (such as the opening of a flower bud) appears to happen quickly . In this case we are capturing images of the construction of a home addition. The builder is Arlington Custom Builders.We set up the camera in February on a 12′ post on the property. Construction began soon after and we captured the build from the time the foundation was poured until now when the stucco and roof tiles are being installed. We are also doing video footage of the construction both inside  and outside. Once we have finished capturing the entire construction we will edit the footage- tens of thousands of still images that will be made into a video running approx. 2 minutes. To give you a visual idea of what we are doing a short clip has been attached to show just a bit of the construction. The camera takes images at various intervals during the day. We adjust the timing based upon the activity taking place on the job. Stay tuned for the finished project coming up in the next couple of months. If there is a project that you think would benefit from having a time lapse, please give us a call, (602)788-3686, as we have the knowledge and experience to deliver a first class video you can be proud of for years to come!

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Adding new services to my photographic and video offerings

We are always trying to be on the forefront of technology and the newest solutions to your imaging needs. We are diligently working to bring to you RC quadcopter aerial photography and video capabilities. Like anything we do, it needs to meet a standard of quality that we are satisfied with. We are getting very close to delivering superior quality video footage and we will be announcing packages for aerial photography and video projects very soon. Another service that we are equally excited about is the ability to create dynamic time lapse videos. Day to night shots, night to day and motion control video are right around the corner. If you have watched House of  Cards on Netflix, then you are familiar with time lapse as the opening credits exhibit multiple time lapse scenes around Washington DC. Please check back to the web site often to see updates. In the meantime here are a couple of frames from our test shots for the aerial work.

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Photoshoot at the TPC-Scottsdale

A client needed photos of a new golf training device. It is called The Purdy Grip, designed by tour pro Ted Purdy. We had permission to shoot at the TPC in Scottsdale. We arrived at 7am for the shoot and was informed that because of “frost” on the course we would have to wait till the sun warmed the grass a bit. It was 9:30 when we finally got onto the course. If any of you are golfers you will appreciate this- we did the shoot on the tee at the 16th hole! With the stands now completely enclosing the hole it is truly an amazing sight. Even though the stands were empty the feeling was electric. The device helps you grip the club properly to eliminate a hook or slice. One of the successful users of The Purdy Grip is Jason Schechterle, the police officer who was burned in a horrific crash. Here are some photos of  Ted Purdy,  Jason Schechterle and The Purdy Grip.

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Happy New Year!! Welcome 2014!! A Very Happy, Healthy & Prosperous Wish to you all!!

I’d like to wish everyone a Healthy, Happy & Prosperous New Year! Celebrate, but celebrate wisely, I want to see all of you in the coming year! Take a moment while you celebrate to reflect on this past year, it triumphs and tribulations, and to say a prayer for all our servicemen and women in harms way. They protect us so that we can enjoy ourselves while they stand watch for our safety!!

Claudia and I thank all of you for your Friendship and Love!  Happy 2014!!

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Let There Be Light photography classes are back!

You received a new camera for the Holidays- now what? Come learn the basics of photography and lighting to get the most out of your new equipment! With a basic understanding of exposure and lighting, you will be creating the dynamic images that you never thought were possible. The only prerequisite is that your camera has a “manual” mode. We work with both natural and artificial light, inside and outside. Class size is limited to get you the most individual attention!! Sign up today at my web site and see the light!! My students all tell me that they love the class and will never look at a photograph the same way again. Classes meet on Mondays or Wednesdays over a 3 week period. You receive a syllabus with the instruction and yes… you have homework assignments, but they are fun. Classes start on January 6th 2014. If you have questions or want to request a special time and date for classes please call- 602-788-3686

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Let There Be Light- the short version

Just in time for the holidays, I am offering an abridged version of my popular 3 session class. We will cover all the basics of exposure, lighting and composition in an easy going HALF DAY CLASS. Registration is now open for many sessions. Classes will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between now and December 20th. You will learn how to get the correct exposure in any lighting situation. Use sunlight and a simple reflector to create the “quality” of light you want for your subject- no squinting allowed!! Do you want to capture the lights on the tree and the kids in front of it- no problem! Whatever your situation, I can show you how to create the image you want!! Sign up today as the Holidays are rapidly approaching!! Former attendees always tell me- ‘I cannot look at a photograph the same way again now that I know what goes into creating it’.


Rhibafarms- Two part video is on the web site

The editing for the 2 part Rhibafarms video is complete. Client is very happy and is talking about doing additional projects. Always a good thing. I would ask that you take a look at the two videos which talk about their Urban Farm location in Chandler and the Ranch House in Gilbert. This was a very interesting project to work on. We shot in two locations for the B-roll and did the interview among the Moringa trees at the Ranch House. The whole idea behind Rhibafarms is sustainable farming in an urban setting using both Aquaponics and mini-farm models. After viewing the videos I urge you to visit the Rhibafarms web site. They grow the tastiest and nutrient dense food you will find anywhere.

Now the techie stuff-

The entire video was shot on Canon DSLR except for the chicken shots and the elevated view at the Urban Farm which were done with a Go-Pro. Editing was accomplished in Final Cut Pro X, which I have fallen in love with as a program. For those of you who have experience with the previous version of Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere Pro, and have avoided the new Final Cut Pro X because of what you have heard from fellow videographers, give it a try. It is very intuitive and extremely easy to work in. I found myself doing things much faster in this program than I ever did in Premiere.

Epstein Studio Photography Tip #4- F-stop – Lens opening – the last leg of the exposure triangle

In our last tip we discussed, shutter speed. The amount of time the shutter is open to let in light. This time we are looking at our diaphragm or F-stop(aperture). This is the amount of light the lens lets in during the exposure. The quantity of light is controlled by a variable diaphragm that widens and narrows to help create the correct exposure. Since the F-stop controls the amount of light, by using an F-stop that allows a lot of light in, this gives us the opportunity to use a faster shutter speed. Conversely, if we want an aperture that greatly limits the amount of light, we will have to adjust one of the other legs of the triangle to maintain a proper exposure. Here is a chart of different F-stop openings:


Read the explanation of how the F-stop naming is determined and its relationship to shutter speed. The F-stop also controls the apparent depth of field (what is in focus) of your image.

We have now completed our exposure triangle- ISO (film speed, sensor sensitivity), shutter speed (time shutter is open) and aperture (F-stop, amount of light that hits the sensor)

To learn more about this exposure triangle and how you can control all 3 to get the image you want, come to one of my classes. Email for the latest schedule!

For the next tip which will come up very soon, I will show you the Exposure Triangle and how it works!!

The Edit is Key- Rhiba Farms videos

Now that we have finished shooting footage for the videos of Rhiba Farms locations, the editing of the story is underway. Putting all the raw footage together, selecting clips, determining where to cut, is key to creating a great story. Working with the interview footage and listening to the words that are spoken, gives us the clues to where we need “B” roll.  We were originally going to create one 4 minute video for the two locations, but we have such an abundance of great shots that we are producing two 3 minute videos with one featuring the “Urban Farm” and one for the “Ranch”. Below is a capture of the Final Cut X screen showing clips, the timeline and browser for a spot in the video where we are transitioning to the end of part one. The original capture of footage took place over 2 days. Organizing, key wording, creating clips, syncing the sound, creating multicam clips of the interview, and assembling all this into a timeline story has taken over 4 days of work in front of the computer to get to this point. Once our rough cut is approved by the client, final color grading and soundtrack will be done.

It is a process that we love to do for our clients. If you have a need for video, everyone should have video on their web site today, please let us create videos for you. Give us a call to set up an appointment today.

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Screen capture of the editing window in Final Cut Pro X

Shooting Video on Location @ Rhibafarms in Gilbert

We were on location all day Wednesday at Rhibafarms in Gilbert doing a video. We shot an interview with the genius behind the mini-farm and aquaponics revolution. Frank Salle and I did a two camera shoot on the interview and then spent several hours capturing footage around the ranch and the farm. We used our DSLRs and a Go-Pro. Now we get to start editing all the great video we captured!! Epstein Studios Photography can handle all your still photography, video, and specialized imaging needs. Call us today to see how we can help you!!

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using the Go-Pro to capture some chickens running around

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Capturing video footage with my shoulder rig at the Aquaponics river