4 Step Animation

You’re probably thinking that creating an animation using photographs is impracticable and an unrealistic goal. Many people have tried it and few have succeeded. In this 4 Step tutorial, I will show you how to create the effect of moving images from start to finish. For all intensive purposes, the object that you will shoot is a personified aluminum can.

Step 1: “Calling all equipment”

To start off it is important to have the proper tools for a photography shoot. It is essential to have a digital camera, possibly a Nikon D3000 (http://ow.ly/77AAR). Attaching a clicker to your camera may help you to take quick shots. It is also useful to have a tripod (that changes heights). Keep note that low shots are best taken without the tripod. In that case, rest your digital camera on a book or another flat surface. Additional tools are: moveable lighting and a charger for the camera (or extra battery).

Step 2: “Setting the Scene”

Once you have all the equipment set up, you have to find a place to take your photographs. When looking for the best place, it’s important to take into account: lighting (natural and artificial), space and backdrop. I find that closing the blinds and only using a minimal amount of outside light is best. A suggestion is to bring in a “key light,” which is an artificial light (standing lamps with mobilized light bulbs work well).

Step 3: “Making the object move”

You have your equipment, the object (aluminum can) and the space to take pictures. Now what? It’s necessary to plan where you want the object to start (point A) and where the object should end (point B). Establishing the line of movement makes it easier to visualize how many photographs you will need.

Picture the aluminum can and a flat –screen television. You want the can to start at the far left side of the television (point A) and to end at the far right side of the television (point B). The first picture that you take should be at point A. Then move the can a centimeter to the right and take a picture. You should repeat this until the can reaches point B. The amount of pictures you take depends on the length of the flat-screen television (I took about 10 shots).



Step 4: “Putting the pictures together”

You have your “10” pictures of the can moving from point A to point B. Now you have to import the photos (in sequential order) onto the timeline. It is crucial that you make each shot the same duration (typically 3 to 4 seconds long). The finish product should have the animated effect that the aluminum can is moving across the television.


2 thoughts on “4 Step Animation

  1. This is an interesting post, but I have no idea who wrote it. Gaby maybe?

    Embed hyperlinks instead of including URLs in parentheses. Make sure to incorporate the topic of your Dazzle project, and tell a story. I like your tone and organization.



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