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Make beautiful long exposures of whole albums

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I saw an article on gizmodo the other day that was just a photo of an album over a long exposure, I'm not sure what process the creator went through but I've emulated it here. 

You don't need much to do this:

 - A camera (Needs to have control on exposures
 - A computer
 - A tripod or something you can set up to keep the camera still
 - A bunch of photos
 
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Step 1: Monitor Controls

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The first frames I took were as so:

Exposure: 30s
ISO: 100
F stop: 32

The result was a completely white frame... 

You'll need to turn the lights off and lower your monitor brightness to about half, with the blue a few clicks below the red and green (this takes the colour cast out a bit. 

Step 2: Tripod

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Put your camera on the tripod and set it up nice and straight with the bottom edge of the monitor, so the frame on the camera and the edge of the monitor are parallel. 

Now focus and frame your album, going full screen and using a slideshow would be clever but as this is an experiment I've used facebook photos. 

Step 3: Camera settings

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You'll want to have a low ISO, a high aperture and then choose an exposure between 30 and 6 seconds, below six seconds would be possible if you're using a program to flick through images automatically. 

I was using facebook... 

By the way, for those that don't know, when viewing photos on facebook you can hit the arrow keys to navigate them. 

For facebook or other internet approaches, click through the album until you've got all you need and go backwards so the pictures are preloaded and you don't end up with shadows of loading icons in the middle of your image.

Step 4: Click and click

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I clicked the shutter and started rythmically tapping the arrow key in as standard time as possible, at around a picture each half a second, if this is very hard find a drummer. 
jediwhiz32 years ago
Wow that's pretty awesome!
killerjackalope (author)  jediwhiz32 years ago
Thanks, it's really quite fun to do...
Yeah! Could you check out my website and request some pics?
killerjackalope (author)  jediwhiz32 years ago
I had a look at it, could think of a request but how about one of these of the first album?
What?
ZoDo2 years ago
Great results. Congrats.
zkemppel3 years ago
Just tried this, came out pretty cool. Didn't take a lot of thought really. pulled a close-up of my fiances eye, a picture of a mountain, a picture of the orion star belt, and a picture of a random galaxy into a folder. set my exposure to 6 seconds, and just gave some random taps on the arrow keys while holding my camera. holding the camera gave a slight motion blur which i think adds to the effect.
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killerjackalope (author)  zkemppel3 years ago
Cool I've been meaning to set it all up with the big TV and try doing panning tilting and zooming too, to add to it...
KentsOkay3 years ago
Awesome! Great way to make album covers.
killerjackalope (author)  KentsOkay3 years ago
Thanks man, think I may do a series based on this technique...
Kryptonite3 years ago
Awesome stuff, the end result looks awesome.
killerjackalope (author)  Kryptonite3 years ago
Thanks, they're not as trippy as the original idea but more like photos of the stuff in them, already been working on using the technique in different ways, unless will follow...
Nah I really like it, it's cool how some well placed characters can kind of blend / interract.
killerjackalope (author)  Kryptonite3 years ago
Yeah I want to try some more planned stuff to make more composed ones...
Yea you could really get some brilliant exposure shots.
this seems best done with photoshop (that is if you know how)
I'm good with photoshop, but you can't recreate the effects that happen with photoshop, it's the weird little interactions that you don't plan and also the effects between screen and camera sensor.

You could make an image that's much more coherent with simple blending modes and layer masks though.
Photoshop has no soul!
killerjackalope (author)  masterochicken3 years ago
Ha, well put...
I haven't done any photography in nearly a year now. I should get on that. 5 stars by the way.
killerjackalope (author)  masterochicken3 years ago
Try this out, it's insanely addictive, you'd think the long exposures make it slow and boring but it's actually exciting waiting for the image to appear on the viewer screen
Well it's seems I should try to get a digital camera then.
killerjackalope (author)  masterochicken3 years ago
If you're on film, please please try this, I'll get the equivalent settings worked out.
Missmaxcady3 years ago
really awesome...
killerjackalope (author)  Missmaxcady3 years ago
Thanks, look at the other images, you're in there...
Yeah I did. Its really cool all of them are...
makes me jealous.
killerjackalope (author)  Missmaxcady3 years ago
Thanks, awk we'll make some sometime...
(Now, you fool! Grab your camera and GO!)
killerjackalope (author)  Kiteman3 years ago
The temptation to go across towns strong enough already don't get the life behind it...
:)
I have a space waiting...
Fourth image, last step; she's hugging your head!
killerjackalope (author)  Kiteman3 years ago
Ha, I hadn't noticed that one, there's so much to each one...
Ninzerbean3 years ago
Way cool, I'm gunna try it.
killerjackalope (author)  Ninzerbean3 years ago
Thanks, post the results please... I can't wait to see them.
Jayefuu3 years ago
These look really great. Could you add a link to the gizmodo article pwease? :D
killerjackalope (author)  Jayefuu3 years ago
Done, found a different one on it, turns out the creator used facebook too... Still giz though
killerjackalope (author)  Jayefuu3 years ago
I'll have a look for it now, it's in my mobile history so I'll search it out...
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