CineMoco – a time-lapse robotic camera dolly

It’s a while since I wrote about a new gadget here, but this one really caught my attention. A tiny dolly suitable for modern lightweight DSLR and video cameras, with the added extra of a precision robotic drive so you can do all sorts of moving camera video and stop-motion. The company is also interesting – they had a lot of success on kickstarter with their first idea, and are now going back to the crowd-funding site with the new product rather than taking a more traditional route through sales and funding.

Read more at TechCrunch:

CineMoco Is The Time-Lapse Robotic Camera Dolly Of Your Film Noir Dreams.

Tutorials for Adobe After Effects

I’m currently trying to get to grips with the latest version of After Effects. It’s been years since I last upgraded (version 4.1!) and so much has changed that I’m treating the exercise much like learning a new system from scratch. Here are some of the useful-looking tutorials I have found so far:

Any other good suggestions?

Find the “golden hour” for the best pictures

I’ve often thought that the best (and cheapest) lighting rig is the sun. One of the best ways to get the best from solar lighting is to shoot in the “golden hour” (the hour before sunset, and the hour after dawn).

But sometimes it can be tricky to work out just when that “golden hour” will be. To your rescue comes the Photographic Golden Hour Calculator from Garage Glamour.

Enter your location, and the date of your shoot, and it will tell you the times of sunrise and sunset.