Seven Ways to Improve What You Upload to Instagram

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Instagram’s become a staple in the average smartphone user’s app drawer. Where it once started off as a tool to enhance and showcase your phone photography, however, it has now arguably taken over as a complete social network altogether. With the introduction of direct messaging, the ability to tag other people, and the all around influx of people simply posting up pictures of what they’re doing at the moment, it’s become clear that the app isn’t just used as an artistic tool anymore. It’s become a form of communication.

But that’s not a bad thing at all. With how much potential the app now holds, Instagram can truly bring something to your following as a photographer. What matters is both how you market yourself and the content that you make. This post won’t necessarily help you with the former, but it can definitely give a few tips on the latter. When Instagram was first released, smartphones were still a new thing; not everyone was able to own one, and taking pictures with a phone’s camera was still more of a novelty thing; with how many different toy-cam styled filters the app offered, it got the job done when it came down to giving a bit of vintage spice to your pictures.

Even Instagram, however, knows that things have changed; in the past few months alone, they released an update allowing an entire editing package and even a hyperlapse app. And it’s because smartphone photography is becoming more sophisticated. As the world’s population becomes virtually void of flip phones, more and more people are starting to use smartphone cameras as their primary lens. And with Instagram being possibly the most popular photo-based social app out there, I decided to throw my two cents out there for those of you who want to make the best of it. This doesn’t have to be about getting more followers, and it doesn’t even have to be about having a professional photography presence on the app. If you just like posting pictures on the app and want a few good tips on how to make them a bit more perfect, then maybe I can give you a few tips here.

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Instagram’s New Hyperlapse App Is Surprisingly Smooth

 

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Instagram is making it easy for everyone with an iPhone to become timelapse creators with the new app it announced today, which the social photo sharing giant has dubbed Hyperlapse. In it’s infancy, Hyperlapse was nothing more than a side project a few developers from the Instragram camp decided to take on for the fun of it; however, the underdog of an app got its big break as it started circulating around the Instagram offices winning the hearts of all the employees. The positive reaction the app garnered among their own motivated Instagram to go public with it. A move, I suspect, will pay off big for the company given the popularity of it’s namesake app.

The  app allows iPhone 5 users to capture up to 45 minutes of video footage to be converted into a hyperlapse all within the app. iPhone & iPod Touch 4 users can also use the app, but will be limited to 10 minute capture times. According to Hyperlapse Technical Support page, all devices must be running iOS 7 or later. [Read more...]

Tokyo Timelapse Is Proof You Don’t Need Pro Gear To Make Beautiful 4k Timelapse Footage

japan_timelapse_1If you’ve ever lived in, or even just visited Tokyo, you are probably well aware of the vibrant nature and scenery that exists around every corner. As this timelapse by Bill Minhyuk Kim of Bokah Media shows us, Japan’s capital is full of bright flashing lights and a pulsing energy that’s undeniably Tokyo. The South Korean timelapse filmmaker has done a great job matching Tokyo’s sleepless vibes with this fast paced hyperlapse.

At times, the editing, and especially the color grading, of the clip present a real cinematic feel, which is nice technique to see in a timelapse every once in a while. Tokyo Timealapse is presented in 4k resolution (at 3840×2160). The entire film was photographed using a Canon Rebel t4i with a  Sigma 10-20mm and a Sigma 50mm, to which I have to say, it’s nice seeing such good quality work done with a sub $1000 camera, check it out: [Read more...]

Explore Portugal In This Scenic Hyperlapse Made By An Award Winning Timelapse Filmmaker

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While on a holiday in Portugal to accept a Best Timelapse award for his incomparably brilliant Moscow Night Timelapse/Hyperlapse, Kirill Neiezhmakov, like any good photographer, seized the opportunity to create his next treasure, Portugal Hyperlapse/Timelapse. Neiezhmakov is making a name for himself among timelapse and hyperlapse photography enthusiasts as one of the art forms leading filmmakers, and rightfully so. He has the uncanny ability to create his new magnum opus with every timelapse he puts out. This Lisbon and Sesimbra, Portugal are no exception.

Upon arriving in Lisbon from his home in Ukraine, Neiezhmakov, contacted Portugal based image maker, Francesco Cerruti for a helping hand in the making of the timelapse. The team traveled to multiple points of interest to make the film, capturing landmarks such as Eduardo VII Park (1:12), Arrábida Sesimbra (0:15) Rossio (1:02), and my personal favorite part of the timelapse, inside and underwater at The Oceanarium in Park of The Nations (1:33). Take a look:

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Model Never Moves In This Hyperlapse Video (And Then They Show Us How They Did It)

hyperlapse_cheungTimelapse and hyperlapse photographer, Patrick Cheung, has just completed his latest timelapse project, a music video for a Hong Kong based hip hop group, utilizing some really awesome hyperlapse techniques. Take a look at the music video below, then keep reading for a video tutorial where Cheung teams up with Kai from DigitalRev to show us exactly how to replicate the hyperlapse shots using nothing more than equipment you probably already have. [Read more...]

This Timelapse Of Melbourne Will Have You Mesmerized By City Lights

Still a student of photography, Sam Woosley spent the first half of his year studying at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. It was here where Woosley was afforded the opportunity to combine his background in film with the techniques and tools he was acquiring as a photography student. The result? An awesome timelapse that takes viewers on a tour of Melbourne and shows them the beauty of it’s city lights. Check it out:

Even as one of Woosley’s first attempts at timelapse (and the even more painstaking hyperlapse techniques) it looks like he pretty much nailed it with Hyperlapse Melbourne. The short film consists of just over 8,150 still images which make up all 88 of the timelapse clips the film consists of. It took him about 100 hours of work between setting up over 50 different shoots and post production for which he employed some of the usual timelapse editing suspects like Adobe Lightroom 5, Adobe After Effects CC, and Final Cut Pro X.

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4-Part Paris In Motion Is a Happy Love Song For The City Of Light

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Videographer Mayeul Akpovi just released his latest addition to his Paris In Motion series. It is a fun, happy timelapse/hyperlapse series showing Paris in all its glory.

Through wonderful locations, interesting people and great cinematography Mayeul captures the uplifting side of the city. Being a four parts series it is interesting to see how Mayeul technique refined through the year he has been releasing those movies.

Two years ago we would have been thrown back by the minimal list of gear that Mayeul uses (5D Mark III, 24-70mm f2.8, 17-40mm f4 and a  70-300 lenses as well as ND2 to ND400 filters), but over the last year we learned that you don’t really need lots of gear to produce astonishing work.

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This Beautiful Hyper Lapse Of Barcelona Is Pure City Love (And 24,000 Photographs)

This Beautiful Hyper Lapse Of Barcelona Is Pure City Love (And 24,000 Photographs)

Photographer Alexandr Kravtsov did one amazing job capturing the beauty of Barcelona. But not without blood sweat and a broken camera.

We have talked Hyper lapses before, but this video really takes it to the extreme making Barcelona look nothing but amazing.

The movie was made in three months in late 2013 and only used a Canon 7D and three lenses: Tokina 11-16, EF 24-105 4L, EF 70-200 2.8L.

Now, as with most other timelapses, sit back, go to full screen and push that volume dial all the way to the top. Now, hit the jump. [Read more...]