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Sunset – A Timelapse

Timelapse videos are fantastic to show the occurrence of an event stretching in time in just a few seconds of time. It leaves the viewer spellbound & makes him need to watch more such videos. However, timelapse videos need concrete planning & execution to impress the viewers.

Having being into photography for a while now, I decided to give timelapse a try. I call it a try since I did not have the equipment required in order to shoot a good timelapse video. One requires a sturdy tripod & a remote release or an intervalometer(within the camera) to make timelapse videos easy. I was with a cheap tripod, which basically is not certified to even pull the weight of a low end DSLR with basic kit lens. To make matters murkier, I did not have a remote release nor intervalometer. Still I decided to give it a shot.

I went to the location & camped up with my DSLR set on to the tripod. As passersby gave me curious glances, I took my wrist watch from my wrist in my left hand & with other started gunning shots with an interval of 10 seconds in between. I continued doing this for almost 40 minutes, till the sun went down & the twilight dying out. Towards the fag end of my journey, I had waves reaching the bottom of my tripod & I was standing now with my right hand index finger still on the shutter button. The waves displaced the sand beneath the tripod legs with each visit causing it(tripod) to shift everytime. Further, the flimsy tripod could not stand still however gently I released the shutter. The outcome, a slight moment in the frame during the video.

What do you feel? What could have been improved here? Any tips? Let me know your views in the comments. Would be happy to implement them next time around. :)

Batch Resize Photographs in Digikam

Photographers often need to resize hundreds or even thousands of picture from time to time. Manually resizing each photographs one by one will ensure you do not get time to do any other things & missing submission deadlines. The solution to this answer is “Batch Resize”. As the name suggests, it means resizing photos in large quantities in one go. In this article, I’ll show you how to resize photographs in Digikam.

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Venturing into Video : Mumbai at Night

I’ve confessed before that apart from Photography, I have a keen interest in Cinematography too. Offcourse, I’m a photographer first but have a urge to learn about the wonderful world of Video/Film-Making & create good short films. Since investing in an video camera is not a budget solution, I would be learning to make videos on DSLR camera’s which offer more than decent quality. For time-being, I don’t have a DSLR but I always thought of making a short film just to make myself happy & improve on my filming skills. Left with no option but my Canon Powershot SX100 IS still camera, I decided to film a short film on it.
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Photo collage make for a wonderful gift. It makes for a good gift since one can include photographs shot across various time-line of a relation which when looked back brings immense satisfaction. Being a photographer, my friends have been receiving such photo collages from me. To make this collage, I use a nifty piece of software known as “FotoWall”.

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Installing Flash Player in Arch Linux

Flash is often used on the web in form of videos, games & other flash based web applications. Love it or hate it but you can’t escape it atleast for now.Thus it becomes necessary to install flash plugin on your system in order to make sure all those flash content work flawlessly in your web browser. Here I’ll guide you to install flash plugin on your Arch Linux system(32 Bit & 64 Bit).

First, you’ll need to edit the pacman configuration file of Arch Linux i.e. ‘/etc/pacman.conf’. This can be done by issuing following at the shell;

vi /etc/pacman.conf

Once the file is loaded in the shell, scroll down & find the repository section. Under repository section enable the ‘Multilib’ repository by deleting the ‘#’ symbol from front of it. This is known as uncommenting. It should look like this after uncommenting.

[multilib] Include = /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist

After the above is done, issue the following command to refresh & sync the enabled repositories.

# pacman -Syu

Now that we have repositories refreshed, its time to install the flashplayer like any other software using pacman. For that issue,

# pacman -S flashplayer

Now the 32 bit flashplayer is installed on your system. Verify it by typing ‘about:plugins’ in address bar of Mozilla Firefox. Try loading a youtube video or any flash site and it should work without any issues.

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