Fashion show time-lapse video

I’ve just put a new time-lapse together that I shot at the weekend. I used a combination of the EOS 7D Mark II and EOS-1D Mark IV for the time-lapse sections and shot stills with the EOS 5D Mark III.

Birds of Paradise Fashion Show at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Light levels were pretty low in the museum and the fashion show had a spotlight at just one point of the runway. This meant that the time-lapse cameras were set to ISO 4000 to give a shutter speed of 1/40s and aperture of f/5.6. During the show the house lights in the museum were raised which makes the sequence a little brighter after then.

Using the other camera I shot mostly with available light and a little touch of flash to keep the incredible museum background in the frame.

Time-lapse camera gear…

EOS 7D Mark II – fitted with Sandisk Extreme 64GB CF card, using intervalometer function to take a full RAW image every three seconds. Over 1200 pictures taken and the battery still shows 64% remaining capacity

EOS-1D Mark IV – fitted with Sandisk Extreme 64GB CF card, using Timer Controller TC-80N3 to take a full RAW image every three seconds. Over 1200 pictures taken and the battery still shows 67% remaining capacity

I’m pleasantly surprised at how well the EOS 7D Mark II’s LP-E6N battery lasts; it’s much better than I had expected

 

Shooting RAW was a mistake in this case

Only after I had returned home from the show did I realise the mistake of shooting RAW. I had to process thousands of RAW images to create the JPEGS for the time-lapse. At the moment there is not much support for the EOS 7D Mark II RAW images so I used Canon’s DPP 4.1 to process the RAW files in to JPG images. It took a while.

What’s more DPP 4.1 can’t process EOS-1D Mark IV files so I used DPP 3.14 for the EOS-1D Mark IV RAW images.

Location: Oxford University, Museum of Natural History

Event: This show was the closing finale of Oxford Fashion Week 2014

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Note: The EOS 7D Mark II used was a pre-production unit and image quality may not be representative of production cameras.

About the author

Full-time photo tutor and photographer. I love to share my knowledge and skills to make photos, videos and teach others. I write books and articles for photo magazines and I always have at least one Speedlite flash in my camera bag