How do you organize your photos? The answer to that is critical. Anyone who generates a lot of images, and that is just about everyone these days needs to answer that question.
Keeping my photo archive organized is a bit of a chore. But skip on the effort and it simply gets worse, to the point of being unusable. If you can not find the photos you need why take photos at all?
The trick is to develop a process and to use it… Religiously. I can not tell you how to do it, I can just tell you how I do it and offer a few suggestions.
There are two basic approaches, simply come up with a way to organize the images into a directory using nothing more than your operating system. The other approach is to use some form of photo organizing software to aid in the task. I do make a large assumption here, that the images are in digital format, not negatives and slides. For that you will have to look elsewhere for answers.
Giving motion to timelapse photography adds a dynamic element that is visually interesting. There are a few ways of doing this. Adding some motion in production with keyframes and panning, or using some sort of device to physically move the camera slowly during the time lapse sequence.
Up to now I have generally added this sort of motion in post-processing or production, moving and zooming through a frame that was shot with static camera. If the frame is oversized, often the case with time-lapse shot on a multi megapixel camera, there is plenty of resolution for motion inside the otherwise static frame.
Note: This article was edited after I figured out where the manual was wrong, see below.
Still, the effect of actually moving the camera during the sequence is often more versatile and can produce a more dramatic effect. Not wanting to lug a large rail slider system around I have opted for a slightly easier solution, a powered panoramic head. This allows a panning a time-lapse sequence to give that extra degree of motion in the resulting video while keeping the gear portable.
There are not a lot of native lenses found in the Canon EF-M series, but this is changing with a number of new offerings. There is a new 18-150mm general purpose zoom that looks pretty good. The new lenses include a rather specialized lens, the EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM, a purpose built macro lens.
This lens is different. The lens is designed from the start to be a macro lens, not a general purpose lens that also does a little macro as a secondary feature. There are a number of features that are quite unusual found on this macro lens.
The first, and most obvious feature is the built-in ring light, a rather useful feature in very close macro photography where light is everything. A set of bright white LEDs is arranged on the front of the lens behind a diffuser. The LED’s are powered by the camera, no separate battery is necessary.
Often you just need to take note of the small scenes that make up daily life. Over the years I have made an effort to photograph these scenes, there is so much richness in our everyday existence that too many do not notice…
A distribution video amplifier built around a THS7324
The control panel for the telescope hydraulic bearing system pumps
A tangle of cables for the Keck 2 optical bench subsystem
I/O cards and field wiring in the Keck 2 local controls PLC
A dense bit of temporary wiring in the Keck 2 SAA cabinet
The facility cooling lines that supply cold water to the K2AO electronics vault.
A scatter of tools at CSO
A row of circuit breakers in the Keck 2 computer room
The usual mess littering a workbench in the Keck summit electronics lab in the midst of a project
Fuses, relays, and contactors in the Keck 2 telescope control system
A Keck primary mirror segment jacked up out of the array
Multiple cables enter the Keck 2 Adaptive Optics bench.
Electronics test leads and patch cables hanging from the rack in the Keck summit electronics lab
Spools of wire await use in the electronics shop
A section of the whiffle tree that supports each Keck primary segment
The transformers for the Keck 2 telescope servo drives
Part of the Keck 2 logic board, this PCB assembly controls the various control and safety logic for the Keck 2 telescope.
A collection of keys
The Nasmyth Deck tool set in the Keck 2 dome
An electrician’s tool bag, complete with lockout tag
A set of tools ready for use on the Keck 1 nasmyth deck
Patching in an experimental control system to move the Keck 1 telescope, one step closer to a major upgrade.
Bins full of stainless steel machine screws in the supply room
A pile of power drills await use on a shelf in the supply room
A tiny portion of the extensive cabling that connects the various elements of the Keck Interferometer
An assortment of cable pass through the Keck 2 telescope elevation cable wrap
A handheld radio used at Keck for daily communication.
A pile of 3/8″ air hose in the supply room
Hard hats ready for use just outside the Keck 1 dome
Racks of wire available for use in the Keck summit electronics lab
Tools and drawing lay on the table in the welding shop
A bank of relays form the safety interlock system for the telescope.
Looking at the back of a segment with the radial support removed
Bins of bolts in the Keck supply room
The new telescope control system servers take up much of a rack
The many cables needed to operate the Keck 2 telescope thread through the azimuth wrap.
A sample of the control wiring and circuitry in the Servo Amplifier Assembly