Happy New Year! Want to level up your photography? Animating any still photo with a stop motion is the best way to give it dimension! For Lunar New Year, I partnered up with fellow AAPI businesses for a special photoshoot concept and obviously had to include stop motion food photography.
I’ve made stop motions a part of my photography services because I know this helps with clients’ branding, and having this skill set helps me stand out from other photographers. Stop motions engage the audience and really push creativity during production! They’re fun to make, but the main downside is the files can take up a lot of space if you’re shooting in RAW (which I do, and you should too).
Believe it or not, a stop motion is not actually a video! It’s an illusion of one, but it’s made up of multiple still images and combined into a sequence through editing software. The technique is to repeatedly stop and re-start the camera by taking a new picture after moving something in the scene. Think of it as a modern-day digital flipbook!
Another way to look at it is, stop motions are similar to time-lapses, but a bit more interactive.
Setting up to photograph food stop motion (or any stop motion) can feel overwhelming at first, but it’s actually not that hard. These are what’s typically needed for stop motion photography.
Getting everything right in camera is crucial because of the fact there are so many files to deal with. The more precise and clean everything is in-camera, the lens to fix in post-production. I’m not a purist photographer about many things, but when it comes to stop-motions I like to keep the editing strictly within Lightroom.
Once you get the hang of putting together stop motions it becomes second nature and can be done within a short period of time.
Making a stop motion doesn’t need to be complicated. You can even make one directly on your phone! If you want to create stop motion food photography quickly, these free stop motion apps are good starting points to create and stitch stills together quickly (did I mention they’re free.99). These apps are video apps, but photos can be loaded into them as well. All you need to do is keep a consistent time across all the photos so that the sequence flows properly. Watch the easiest tutorial above to walk you through how to put one together.
If you’ve read all of this and your conclusion is making a stop motion is too much of a hassle, then hire a professional to do it (me!) Take a look at some of my past stop motion animations (and some cinemagraphs too) and get in contact with me.
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