How to: Photomotion

Walkabout from Bill Newsinger on Vimeo.

I’m a huge fan of stop motion photography and today on Vimeo Video School there’s a great post on how to do photomotion (like the gorgeous video above.) Here are their suggestions:

1. Make a Plan. Think of an event or location to shoot. If it’s an event, make sure there will be lots of movement and motion. If you’re shooting at a special location, think of how you want the camera to move about the space. It could just be you walking around with the camera, or you could strap it to a bike and take a ride.
2. Take lots of Photos! Keep shooting and shooting! Most cameras will have a burst setting, where you can set it to take a photo every few seconds. Or, just simply click the shutter yourself. You can get a good feel for it once you start shooting.
3. Import & Edit. Once you’re finished shooting tons of photos, you will need to get them on your computer so that you can animate them. All cameras do this a little differently, but you can more or less drag and drop them from the camera drive, into a computer folder. For more help with transferring files from a camera, check out our Vimeo 101: Editing tutorial. Once you have the photos on your computer, you’re going to need to get them in your video editor. Before you import to your editing program, you may need to change some settings that will set the photo-duration in your timeline. Most of the time, you can edit the length of each photo in the program. Put them into the program in the order that you want, and each photo does not need to last the same amount of time. Change it up and try different speeds out.
4. Add Music or Sound. Photomotions are often accompanied by music that fits the tempo of the shots. You could also choose a song before you start editing and cut

If you dig this, Vimeo it’s very own photomotion channel. So if you make one of these, post it. Its cool to see what people come up with.

by Patrick
January, Jan 18th, 2011

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