On Wednesday I posted the video I took while driving from Las Vegas Nevada to Platte City.  If you want make the following video there are a couple things you need to know.


First off, you have to know how to shoot for it and how to set it up in the car.  Here is the setup:

  • Mount your tripod in the passengers seat in a way that it literally grips the cushion.  Taking a hard turn will cause your camera to come crashing down, I know from experience!
  • Make sure you have a cable release, it makes the whole picture taking process really easy and safe might I add.
  • Make sure the camera is zoomed out enough that it just clears the dash board and ceiling when you expose the shot.  I tried to avoid as much dashboard as I could.
  • Make sure you have at least 3+ batteries charged and on hand.  I only had 2, in between battery switches I had to plug one into the Jeep (thank goodness for the Jeep 110 outlet!).

Here are the ideal camera settings:

  • Manual Focus: Focused to infinity, you know the little whirly thing that looks like two circles making out. You can use Auto focus but it sucks up the battery very quickly!
  • Place the camera in Aperture priority mode, or if you are uncomfortable with that… dare I say it…. Program or Auto
  • Make sure your camera is set to burst fire, mine is 5 shots per second, yours may be more or less depending on the camera make and model.
  • Set the F/stop to something between 9.0 and 22 to ensure you get everything in focus.
  • Set the ISO to 100.
  • Large file sizes will fill up the camera fast.  I set my file size to Large, Normal giving me 2700 shots to work with per 8 gig memory card (instead of Large Super Fine 1200 Shots, or Raw 537 shots.) I shot in .jpeg the whole time to make the post processing work next to nothing.  When you are taking 2000 plus shots, it is best to let the camera do the work.  That would have been a post processing nightmare!

Now the Microsoft Live Movie Maker Video Tutorial (what you have all been waiting for!):





Blake Rudis
f.64 Academy and f.64 Elite are the brainchildren of Blake Rudis. While he is a landscape photographer, he is most passionate about post-processing images in Photoshop and mentoring others.

For Blake, it's all about the art and process synergy. He dives deep into complex topics and makes them easy to understand through his outside-the-box thinking so that you can use these tricks in your workflow today!
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