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It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am here in Sweden coming at you with something from the world of Photography and Photoshop. Well, actually it’s more about video today – let’s get into it.

With a lot of experimenting lately in video and with the launch of a YouTube channel that I wish I’d started years ago, I’ve come to learn that time-lapse is a huge crossover between photography and videography, and it can be very beneficial across social media in pushing our presence.

It all started with northern lights. The aurora is something that is a huge part of my portfolio and my skillset, as well as being a huge passion of mine. I’ve included montages of the northern lights dancing in my videos from the arctic, but doing this really got me thinking – we can use time lapses to push other social media platforms, and other subjects. In terms of other platforms, we can create time-lapse videos that work well on TikTok. Shooting a tall time-lapse video or cropping to a tall format in post with Adobe Premiere Pro will help us to fill the tall screen that people view TikTok and other similar videos, such as Instagram Reels and YouTube Shorts, and will help us to show off our content creation skills to the world.

It really is a simple process but the ‘difficult’ element to the entire process is commitment. Growth on these kind of platforms requires dedication, time, and effort. Putting in the legwork is the only way to stack up the views, likes, comments, shares, and other factors required to ensure our growth. It all relates to the same principles I discuss in this KelbyOne class.

Moving away from social media and growth, shooting time-lapse is fun! It’s a challenge to be able to predict an event that will occur in front of our lens and therefore, how we position our gear and what settings we use for each frame that comprises the time-lapse video. It goes far beyond northern lights, of course. Rolling clouds, a warm sunrise, the turning stars of the night sky, light falling over a city skyline – time-lapse has such a broad application, and it’s certainly something I’ll be doing a lot more of!

Much love

Dave

Hello there! It’s #TravelTuesday again so it’s that time of the week that I, Dave Williams, jump in right here on Scott Kelby’s Photoshop Insider to share something that will hopefully fill in a gap somewhere in your creative flow! Today, as I head off on a mission to Iceland, I want to tell you about something that I’ve found valuable in the field of drone photography and videography. I want to tell you how to pull a still from a video so that you can retouch it as if it were a photo in Adobe Photoshop – something I do when I shoot with my drone quite regularly.

First up, load the video you want to pull a frame from in Adobe Premiere Pro. In this example I’m using Premiere Pro CC 2018.

Now move the Playhead to the position within the video from which you want to pull the still image.

 

 

In this example I’m taking a still from a video I made at Kilt Rock during my trip to the Isle of Skye in Scotland last week. Gushing over the cliff at Kilt Rock is Mealt Falls landing straight into the sea. I caught a composition of the two on video and I want to make something of it, so I’ve set my Playhead to the right point and I’m ready to pull out the still.

Next up, hit the Export Frame button. When you do this you’re presented with a dialogue box which gives you a couple of options.

 

 

First up is the File Name. We can change this name to whatever suits. Further underneath that is the Path option, the destination of which we can change using the Browse button. The option that’s rather more important to us here is the Format field. Once we change this it remains selected as that format each time we do this until we change it. There are a few options here, one of which as a photographer we may not be so familiar with, and that one is DPX. This stands for Digital Picture Exchange and it’s the format used when scanning film which records colour density and in fact records a lot of data relating to the frame. The more common formats we’ll see here are TIFF and PNG. Personally I choose PNG, however it all comes down to your preference and your intentions.

 

 

Once we’ve hit OK after selecting the format and destination of the file we can go ahead and take it from our folder straight into Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom to make the adjustments we’d make to any other photo. It’s that simple, yet surprisingly often overlooked.

 

 

I hope that little nugget was useful for you! As always, do let me know how you get on, and you can show myself or KelbyOne on Instagram if you want, we love to see! You can keep track of my Iceland adventure right on my Instagram too!

Much love

Dave

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