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When snapping bands at festivals I nearly always use continuous shooting mode and whizz off several frames at a time which increases the chances of getting a good shot. You're usually fighting against motion blur/camera shake due to the low shutter speed you're obliged to use but often one frame comes out nice and sharp (or with the performers eyes open instead of closed etc).

Anyway, all those extra shots are usually pretty surplus to requirements but now by the wonders of Movie Maker here's a chance to see them and enjoy the 'stop-motion' animation effect they give.

This is also a good opportunity for those lazy and unappreciative people who can't be arsed flick through the pictures in the photo section of efests and catch up on a whole festival weekends photography in 60 seconds or so!

Just three fests from 2007 so far, I'll add more as I do 'em...

Off The Tracks - Spring (219 frames)

Sunrise Celebration (527 frames)

Big Session (597 frames)

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Very enjoyable mate :)

Is that easy to do with Movie Maker?

I always have around 200+ pics from festivals and fancy trying it..

I tried a couple of different methods but MM was the simplest - once you've downsized the pics you just import them in one go. Only thing I didn't like was the duration timer is in eighths of a second and I would have preferred to finer tune the speed. Set the duration default in options before loading your pics btw or you have to do it for each frame.

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Nice one - as a budding gig photographer, will try out continuous shoot next time.

go for it - memory is cheap!

How do you deal with camera shake for gigs and fests?

Golden Rule number 1 is - STOP DANCING :P

Then No.2 I guess is to maximise shutter speed by making use of high ISO and widest apertures (but note that high ISO's can produce 'noisy' images - especially at low shutter speeds. Some cameras are better than others at this so it depends what you're using how far you can push the ISO)

Then more generally: chose your moment - anticipate the subjects movements rather than chase them around the stage, watch the stage lighting for times and places where it's brightest and anticipate accordingly (this is another good reason to use continuous shooting sometimes - to catch the best lights!), hold the camera as steady as possible - make use of things to lean against if they're there, get closer if you can rather than use zoom. Cameras with image stabilisation are a great help as welll.

I could expand on all these points and inject a ton of caveats but you can't beat finding out what works and when for yourself (and indeed I'm still learning!) :)

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