FAQ: Why is my stop-motion shaking?

February 6, 2020

There is nothing worse than a shaking stop-motion. You’ve dedicated so much time and effort and the execution doesn’t turn out how you envisioned it. There are many integral steps when it comes to stop-motions and I want to share some tips on how to nail them. I’ve listed 2 reasons your stop-motion might be shaking below. Check them out and start creating! And if you missed it – you can read about the 6 most common stop-motion mistakes you’re making (and how to fix them) HERE!

1. Changes in Focus –

Always set focus and switch your camera to Manual focus before starting a new stop-motion. If you leave it on auto, you’ll notice the frames jumping to different focus points, or not even being able to focus at all when your subject moves out of frame.

2. Camera Movement –

It’s virtually impossible to freehand a stop-motion so you will need a tripod or c-stand to keep the camera nice and steady. You’ll also want to make sure there is absolutely NO need to touch the camera once it’s set up. That means that you need to make sure your battery is charged (or that your camera is plugged into a wall), that your card has room and that you’re tethered to a computer (or using a remote shutter) so that you avoid having to actually touch it!


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