The girls just loved this.

It was a lot of fun catching Santa in a time lapse the girls just loved it.

We were up in Estes Park Colorado over Christmas and I took a ton of video and a learn a couple of things while I was up in there in the mountains I thought I would share.

The first thing I learned, well I already know, but 720p has a ton more aliasing than 1080p. Check out how the trees the light up with aliasing at 720 here and compare it to the same trees at 1080 here. In the beginning I used to shoot mostly at 720p because I love to slow things down in post for several reasons, like one of them here is using my Manfrotto monopod as a steady cam to get decent walking shoots which is almost impossible with handheld at normal speeds. But now I shoot everything at 1080 unless I know I am going to slow something down in post or I am doing green screen work.

The other thing I learned it that I still have a long way to go when color correcting the color cast by florescent lighting when I have not done a custom white balance. I had been doing a lot of drinking before the Christmas dinner and was too lazy to do a custom white balance so I picked the white florescent white balance setting on the camera but that didn’t seem to help. I should have used magic lantern but I was too lazy for that as well. So what I learned is I need to custom white balance before I start drinking.

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  • Dave- Love the timelapse. Being a PC guy, I have been using Windows Live Media Maker to assemble my first efforts at timelapse. I would love to see a quick tutorial on how you do it… I assume in Premiere Pro? That is also my main editing program but still learning! Thanks!

  • Your work inspires me. I have watched every video and truly look forward to the next one. What were the music titles for this video. Thanks Dave.

  • Haha I love the santa timelapse part. xD
    Could you explain how a custom WB card works? Are they those 18% gray crads (or maybe its 50%) that you use?

    I don’t really get what you do with those. Do you edit the WB in post based on the cards, or does your camera (t2i) do something for you?

  • Haha, timelapse of Santa is a great idea!

    Personally I thought the yellow cast kinda warmed up the shots. It felt like home…if that makes sense.

    One thing I always do first is to use levels and go to the blue channel and adjust the mid gain slider. Sometimes pulling in a little blue will counter act the yellow. Doing it in the mids only will avoid getting the weird shadow or highlight colors you can sometimes get from heavy correction.

    Another issue you may have had was that there could have been several different types of lights all with different CRI and temperatures. That can be a pain for WB and correction in post but, custom WB with a card can usually help average it out and get acceptable results… all that before drinking of course haha.

  • Dave i check your website almost everyday and i like your site.i m new to DSLR so could u please post more instructions for canon rebel t3i.