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HOW-TO #1: MURA MASA EFFECT GIF VIDEO POST

May 19, 2018

So this is my first HOW TO-BLOGPOST with a topic some of you requested on instagram.

 

 

 

 

To check the post, just click above.

 

Let´s make it as easy as possible and break this down to what you´ll need to do this (maybe there are other ways, let´s talk about my way):

 

- a camera

- someone taking the shot (shouldn´t have a camera in the hand for the first time)

- a phot edit software (I use Adobe Lightroom)

- Adobe Photoshop

 

The trick behind the shot:

 

Alright, so basically what you want to achieve is to make the viewer feel like he looks at 1 single moment from 2 different perspectives. To get this done, you take two shots from 1 object out of 2 different perspectives. This means the object you want to shoot shouldn`t move. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to take the shot:

 

You`ll need some attempts to get it right. Basically, you have to take a photo from the frontal perspective and then move slightly to the left or right and shoot from there your second photo. You should try to stay at a height and the camera during the lateral movement easily to the object to rotate, so that the same things remain in the frame. The easiest way is with a continuous shooting function, but it`s not a must-have. You should shoot in manual mode to make the editing easier afterwards. If you have different ISO numbers or exposure times in the pictures, you won`t get the effect done properly. To illustrate the principle, I show you the whole thing from the perspective of the object - first shot on the left, second shot on the right. There isn´t that much movement as you can see:

 

 

 

 

Let`s do another MURA MASA GIF example and explain on the go how to edit the shot:

 

1. Open Adobe Lightroom.
2. Choose the first picture of the 2 pics you`ll need and edit it.

 3. Develop a new preset with your edit.

 4. Use the preset (in my example I named it "andy_muramasa") to edit the 2nd pic exactly like the first one.

5. Export both pictures from Lightroom and open them in Photoshop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Throw one pictures as a layer above the other picture.

 7. lower the opacity of the layer 1 to be able to see both pictures.

 8. use the move tool to fit both pictures as exact as possible above each other (in my case it`s not working 100% because I missed the shot a bit - tbh)

 9. open up the timeline-window to be able to add frames to your desired GIF.

 10. set your first frame to 0.2 seconds, that`s the amount of time you want to have for every frame.

 11. click on the note icon to create a second layer.

12. Hide the first layer on your second frame to make the background picture visible.

 13. Repeat that till you have 16 frames, always changing between layer 1 and background and all with 0.2 seconds.

 14. Open up the image size control field.

15. Scale down the height to 10 - otherwise you´re GIF would end up being way to big. If it´s a horizontal picture, scale down the width to 10. 

 16. Export the GIF with the function ´render video´ - there is no need to change any settings there. Just choose the folder destination on your computer and hit export.

 

TADAAAAAA - we´re done. Would you consider this as easy? I`d say you can get the done very quick in comparison to this cool effect. Thanks to instagrams infinity-video-function your 3 seconds GIF will never stop to repeat. Below you can see the result of this one. Not perfect but quite good.

 

 

 

If there is anything left unclear, don´t hesitate to write me an email to hello@gksieben.com or instagram DM @gksieben. I´d also love to hear some feedback, see your GIFs or hear what kind of HOW-TO you´d love to see next time.

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