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How to Make a Stop Motion Video


On this video, photographer Jay P. Morgan from the website the Slanted Lens is joined by stop motion expert Trisha Zemp which demonstrates how she works on creating a stop motion video.

On this interesting video Zemp and Morgan look at several things which might help you get started with stop motion videos. Now you need to keep in mind that making stop motion videos is a lot of hard work (even a relatively short shoot can take hours to prepare, so set aside enough time for such a project.

Zemp starts by talking about the gear she uses. Including a tripod with a horizontal center column for shooting downwards, shooting in tethered mode (using Lightroom), working with LEDs  (Rosco LitePad Vector), battery (for example with dummy battery and AC adapter) and more.

As for settings – frame rate is probably the most important thing for stop motion – for Instagram Zemp shoots at 10 frames per second (15 might also work) which creates the very bouncy.

Another interesting thing that Zemp is showing in this video is moving from a full complete frame to a less organized (basically working with the stop motion from the end backwards – this is much easier and you can rearrange the order in post).

We already looked at a few stop motion videos in the past which you can find on this page in LensVid. here on LensVid, and you can find all of Jay P. Morgan’s videos here on LensVid on the following link.

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