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Tips for shooting a seamless stop motion

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Jitz Lim
Tips for shooting a seamless stop motion

1. Keep it steady!

Set up the camera on a sturdy tripod or place it anywhere that you can't accidentally bump it so it keeps steady during the entire shooting process

2. Don't touch the camera

Use a wireless remote or an intervalometer as the shutter. You could use the self timer in the camera but be careful as even the slightest accidental nudge on the camera will stick out like a sore thumb.

3. Shoot in manual

Set the white balance, exposure and focus manually. If your camera is set to auto you risk the exposure changing between frames and your videos might look like they were shot in a nightclub.

4. Do a little math!

Before you start shooting, calculate how many frames you need for the video.

For example, you want to make a 3 second clip playing back at 24 frames per second. 24 frames x 3 seconds = 72 frames.

5. Use constant lighting

Try to avoid window light as the angle and exposure of the light might change while shooting. Eliminate flicker in stop motion by using controlled and constant LED lighting.

There you have it, now all you need to do is add some sound effects in post production and bring your stop motion videos to a whole new level!

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