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Behind the Scenes Stop Motion

On October 26, 2014
By Connie
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Check out my behind the scenes stop motion of our homewares photo shoot last week.  I set up a camera on a tripod next to my shoot camera and set it to interval shoot mode so it would automatically take a shot every 5 seconds.  There were a few times I paused the camera for longer chats about the shoot, but I still ended up with over 1000 frames!

I actually had to edit out a lot in order to get the pace of the video to feel just right.  It turns out that making lots of incremental adjustments to cushions isn’t all that interesting to watch repeatedly – even in fast forward.  The final video has about 350 frames.  Even though I cut out about two thirds of the original footage, it still shows a pretty good overview of our styling process.  The shoot itself took about 2 hours with a big chunk of that time devoted to making styling adjustments.  Big props to our stylist guru Bri Lurhmann – fantastic work as usual!

Stop Motion Start

On July 13, 2014
By Connie
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We’ve starting playing with stop motion these last few weeks at the studio.  As this is my first foray into stop motion, I’ve been really keen to dive right into these projects.  So. Much. Fun.  It’s playing and craft time all the time!

I understood the general concept of stop motion videos: lots of still images of incremental movements played sequentially in a video.  I did not, however, really understand just how many still images were needed to create a short video of only one minute.  We assumed a lot.  We should have assumed a lot more.  Thankfully, amazing things can be done in Final Cut Pro.

For this stop motion video, we did a style session called One Knit Three Ways.  It’s pretty self-explanatory; we took one green knit sweater and created three different outfits involving said sweater.  We created our set on the ground, and high above we rigged a camera on a stand.  The camera was tethered to a computer so we could see our progress as we moved the clothes around the set.  It was good fun making the clothes walk around, flap about, and dance on the set.  There was plenty of laughter, and, by the end of the day, a lot of sore knees.  Next time I’m wearing knee pads!

When we pulled all the images into Final Cut Pro, we started to really see how much control we had in this editing program.  We experimented a lot with speeding up or slowing down the frame rate to see how it changed the tone and pacing of the video.  It really started to highlight just how essential it is to have a skilled and talented editor for any video project.  Tiny adjustments to the frame rate, the sequence of imagery, and the length of each shot drastically changed the overall tone and story of the piece.  This was a new skill I really wanted to master (or perhaps, more realistically, just be good at – lots of props to professional editors out there!).

So behold – my first stop motion video.  Thank you.  Thankyouverymuch.

About Connie

I was that geeky camera chick who spent her high school lunch breaks in the darkroom.  I still miss the smell of those stinky developer chemicals.  Sort of.

Born in Canada, I graduated with top honours in Applied Photography at Sheridan College before spending several years assisting and producing for  some of the best commercial shooters in Toronto.  After gathering a wealth of valuable skills and getting my first DSLR, I bought a plane ticket to Asia.

It was my first backpacking adventure, but I managed to survive nine months from Seoul to Singapore with only some shoddy mandarin and a lot of luck.  I had the time of my life. So I did it again.  Seven months of zig-zagging around India and Nepal taught me ingenuity with limited resources, clarity when surrounded in chaos, and how to eat with just my right hand.

Sydney became my new home in 2008, and I’ve been enjoying the sunny weather and great coffee ever since.

Today, I’m a fashion and product photographer extraordinaire.  Based at Studio 8 in the northern beaches of Sydney, I relish the challenge and precision of studio lighting.  My clients are drawn to my clean, stripped back approach to every project.  My simplistic yet direct style is refreshing and elegant in a market full of heavily Photoshopped images.

When I’m not in the studio you can find me hand folding dumplings or scaling walls at the rock climbing gym.  I’m also really good at winning board games (or my friends are just really good at losing).

 

Accolades

Finalist – Shoot The Chef 2013
Top 5 – Australia’s Emerging Travel Photographers of 2010 – Capture Magazine
Winner – Best Marketing Imagery Award 2010 – New Mardi Gras
Semi-finalist – Shutterbug Awards 2010 – Shutterbug
Short-listed – Travel Photographer of the Year 2009 – TPOTY
Finalist – Cultural Explorers 2009 – STA Travel
Winner – World in Focus 2007 – Photo District News
Top Emerging Photographers of 2007 – Photo Life Magazine

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