5 Tips to Successful Stop Motion Photography

Stop motion photography has been more and more popular these days so I thought I’d share a few tips on how to go about doing stop motion photography that anyone can do!

 

Tip 1: Make a Plan/sketch

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Whenever you first start a project, I find that it’s best to draw or sketch it out first. Often in stop-motion photography, the process is more deconstructing then constructing the scene so by sketching how you want things to layout can be very beneficial to your success and be less nit-picky.

 

Tip 2: Set Up/Lighting

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Here is an image of the set-up I have at home. My sketchbook is on the left so I can refer to it often, I have two foldable tables that my light box sits on, my camera is securely on the tripod, and I have consistent lighting. Lighting is extremely important, you can use different light sources –like natural light, window lighting, strobes, etc. However, If you are using a form of natural light you will need to be aware that light fluctuates during the day and changes often so the lighting may not be as consistent as continuous lighting you can get from a light-tent.

 

Tip 3: Avoid Camera Movement

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Use a tripod, remote, or tethering cables for optimal performance. The tripod will allow you to keep everything in the frame the same and the tethering cable/remote will help eliminate camera shake.

Tip 4: Movement

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Usually, when doing stop motion the motion tends to be very gradual. Depending on what you are doing for your stop motion, the movement of your subject(s) can vary but the fact remains that the movement is crucial to making a good stop motion. The movement of your subject(s) can be extremely time-consuming and tedious throughout your shot, so plan and prepare some shoots can last more than 8- hours.

 

 

Tip 5: Frame Rate

When editing your video the frame rate is extremely important. For those that don’t know what frame rate is, it means the frequency of how the frames in film or video sequence are displayed. In other words, it controls the speed of how fast or slow the images are displayed.

Usually for stop motion, you’ll want anywhere from 10-15 frames per second.

I’ll discuss more of how to change this in my video tutorial that discusses how to change this in Adobe Premiere, below.

 

Check out this video to find out how I edited it in Adobe Premiere!

 

Thanks for stopping by and hoped to help ya get a feel of what to do for stop motion! Check out some awesome resources below!

 

Other Resources:

 

 

 

 

This video is great and here is the artist istagram account to see what else she has done!!

https://www.instagram.com/trishazemp/?hl=en

 

Sources:

https://www.google.com/search?q=camera+movement&espv=2&biw=2320&bih=994&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwivpYrj54rQAhVLslQKHR9hDN4Q_AUIBygC#tbm=isch&q=tethering+cable&imgrc=ExcId6invXEPtM%3A 

http://www.brit.co/isketchnote/

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