|Wiggle It 3D! - (A first attempt)|
Not too long ago I came across a cool little photo trick called "Wiggle 3D". Working a good bit in high dynamic range photography (HDR), I thought this posed a challenge to change it up and try something new. This type of photo has a high dynamic all to itself that produces a pretty cool effect. This is a quick little tutorial on how to "Wiggle It 3D". All you need for this is a simple photo editing software (see below) and two carefully captured images to process.
Step 1. Capture the image(s)
Find a subject that has both foreground and background elements. The idea is to have your subject in the middle ground.
Step 2. Align The Images
After shooting the two photographs, open both them in your favorite photo-editing software that supports Layers.
- Copy/Paste one of the shots onto the other, creating two Layers in one image. (Close the single-layer file.)
- In the double-layer file, change the Opacity of the top layer to 50%.
- At 90% to 100% magnification, use the Move tool to position the top layer so that the main subject is directly on top of the main subject in the bottom layer.
- If one image is tilted slightly, Rotate the top image for better alignment. When the two images are aligned, bring the top layer’s Opacity back up to 100%.
- Crop the image as desired, and then resize it. (Smaller files work best, so try something around 6 to 8 inches wide at 72 dpi.)
Step 3. Animation
This is where the "magic" happens. I used Photoshop Elements 10 (PSE10). Below are the steps I used to create my image in PSE 10. (If you are using other photo editing software, check out below.)
- PSE 10 Step 2 Align The Images finished
- Choose File > Save for Web.
- Select Animate, (this activates the Animation options).
- Select a frame delay of .2 seconds for most images. (This appears at the bottom of the open PSE 10 window) .2 was my default and came up automatically for my image. Make sure to keep Loop checked. Preview your animation by clicking the Preview In icon along the bottom.
- Click OK and Save your file as a .gif.
My Wiggle 3D inspiration and more "How To" tips via Adorama. "Wiggle 3D: How To Make Animated 3D Images".
Step 4. The Upload....
I generally post to Flickr but for this, I don't. Flickr doesn't support this type of image, or at least I haven't found a way to get it there. It just uploads the file but doesn't animate. (I think it even converts it to a .jpg.)
So... What I have done is created a FREE account at ImageShack.US to upload the .gif file. They provide the needed html, and other languages need to post to various other forums etc. I then capture the code I need a voila!
- As much as possible, use the same manual settings—manual focus, manual exposure, pre-set white balance, etc.—for both captures to keep the images as identical as possible. Even a slight adjustment of framing may be enough to alter a programmed exposure or white balance, which will have a negative impact on the animation.
|My Wiggle It first attempt(s)|
Now... a real challenge poses itself.... create a Wiggle It 3D HDR! Challenge accepted!
Keep shooting, Be Great!