5K Oops! Always Cover The Eyepiece When Making A DSLR Time-Lapse

I was out shooting photos and had this timelapse all setup. Everything looked good so I just let it run and then shot some stills with my other main camera. Unfortunately it totally failed! I made two mistakes doing this. Keep reading to see what they are:

First I used aperture priority and secondly I did not cover the eyepiece. Using aperture priority isn’t a big deal and it generally works well with a little smoothing out in post.

However, when a few cars pulled up behind me and the light shined directly in through the back of the eye piece of the dslr it totally ruined the timelapse! The light passed through the eyepiece and changed the metering of the photo (in this case shortening the exposure time) I didn’t notice this was happening because I was so focussed on my other rig.

Next time I’ll be sure to cover the eye piece and do full manual mode.

I figured I’d post this in case anyone else had this issue. Cover your eye piece. You never know when someone will shine bright light into the back of your camera!

Shot on: Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Flickr is Finally Adding Video

Flickr Video
[via voxphoto]

Ari Levy writes:

Yahoo! Inc., after losing out to Google Inc.’s YouTube, is revamping its video site by the end of the year to include more content from media companies and Internet users.

Music videos, movie trailers, television shows and sports highlights are among the features that will be available on the new site, Mike Folgner, Yahoo’s general manager for video, said in an interview. Yahoo’s Flickr photo-sharing site will also be adding video, he said.

Sweet!

[Bloomberg]

Modest Mouse Music Video Contest

Modest Mouse Live
photo by stop.down

“Modest Mouse want a video for their new single “Missed The Boat”. They know there are tons of talented fans and video directors out there that have what it takes to put it together. So that’s where you come in.

The band has shot performance footage of the entire song on green screen from multiple camera angles. Footage is posted HERE for you to download. The director can download performance footage and other digital assets and then make your own video using Final Cut Studio.

Use all of your own footage, use some of the band’s, it’s all up to you, just use your imagination.”

[Contest info | High Res source files]