Learning to make a perfect Holy Grail effect

Sunrise and sunset are the golden hours of timelapse photography, and can be captured beautifully through 'the Holy grail technique'. In this article, we will guide you to edit time-lapse scenes and effects of Holy Grail easily.

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Shooting a Holy Grail timelapse effect and scenes


Let's go over this step-by-step process :

  1. Shoot Raw photographs, as it contains more data than JPEG files.
  2. Remember to turn off image stabilization (IS) in your camera/lens.
  3. Turn on Auto Focus once you have started to focus on the shots while capturing them.
  4. Make sure your camera is in manual mode
  5. Choose an appropriate ISO (sensor sensitivity) and White Balance (color temperature) for capturing shots and later change it manually
  6. Don't underexpose/overexpose Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO to keep your frame exposed properly.
  7. Choose an Interval in your remote of at least 6 - 5 secs and make sure it runs an infinite amount of times. 
  8. Last but not the least, make sure your battery is fully charged, and your memory card is empty to avoid any problem while storing


Editing a Holy Grail timelapse effect and scenes



Let's go over this step-by-step process :

  1. Upload your Footage using Post Haste workflow
  2. Import your contents from the hard drive into Adobe Lightroom.
  3. Put the timelapse sequence in a folder and give it a title
  4. Now, navigate to the folder you'll be processing
  5. Click on the Key frames wizard and use the slider to enable a number of blue keyframes, depending on the number of photos you choose.
  6. Then select Holy Grail Wizard and use the rotate and stretch slider to get the start and end of the orange curve as close to the yellow line.
  7. Now save it and open Lightroom. Then follow the below steps :
  • Select all photos  
  • Click Metadata > Read Metadata in Top menu

This helps to read the data that the timelapse recently added to the sequence.

  1. Select the sorting button next to the padlock and select '01 LRT5 Keyframes, on the top right of the library. 
  2. Open the photo you want to edit
  3. Now, click on the 01 LRTIMELAPSE sync frames, this will help to edit data from first to rest images.
  4. Select a second photo and edit as per your choice :
  • Adjust exposure
  • White balance
  • Gradient to image
  1. Get back to the selected photos, choose the photo you edited, and hit the script icon again followed by 01 LRTimelapse sync keyframes.
  2. Keep repeating the process until all photos are edited. Then, select all the edited photos and hit Metadata > Save metadata.
  3. Now, click the reload button on the second row, followed by Auto Transition. 
  4. Then, select the first photo at the top of the column and drag it in the viewer window.
  5. Hit the Visual Previews button and let it run. 
  6. Once you are satisfied with Visual previews, click on the visual deflicker. 
  7. If the preview is complete and perfect, drag the folder containing the image sequence to Adobe After Effects or Lightroom using LRT & LR combo.

We recommend AE as it gives more control over stabilizing, adding motion and many more things.

  1. Import the RAW photos in full resolution in a ProRes HQ codec for high - quality shots as an Image sequence and create a composition


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