Stop-Motion Must Haves

March 11, 2021

Stop-Motion Video Must-Haves

Making stop-motion videos is one of the most fun parts of being a photographer and stylist! I love getting creative with stop-motion for brands.

 

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Stop-motion is getting really popular when it comes to mobile ads, too, probably because they catch your eye and are fun to watch. So if you’ve always wanted to try your hand at stop-motion videos, now’s your chance! Here, I’m sharing five things you need to get started with stop-motion:

1. Camera

First things first: you need a camera to film your stop-motion. A DSLR works, but you can even use your phone to record!

2. Tripod or phone holder

Stop-motion is all about combining a series of still images to make them flow together. So when making your own stop-motion videos, your camera cannot move. If there’s one rule you should remember for stop-motion, it’s that one! 

That’s why you need a tripod for your DSLR or a holder for your phone. You can find some of my favorite phone holders on Amazon here and my top pick for camera tripods here.

3. Remote shutter

Remember how I said your camera can’t move when making stop-motion? That means you can’t touch your phone or camera to take every shot, either. A remote shutter can do it for you.

Xenvo makes my favorite remote shutter that works for phones and cameras! It’s compatible with all sorts of devices, and it’s not too pricey on Amazon. When shooting with my DSLR, I tether to may computer and use my computer to take the photos!

4. Consistent lighting

You need a consistent light source so that all the still images in your stop-motion video will look as similar as possible. If you use natural light, for example, moving clouds and changing weather will make your light fluctuate.

Studio lighting is your best bet because you can adjust it and know that it will stay that way. You can also film on a clear, sunny day, but watch out for clouds!

5. Editing software

After you capture all your shots, you need software to edit all your frames together! I use Lightroom and Photoshop for my stop-motion videos taken by camera. If you’re using your phone, there are tons of editing apps to choose from, like TikTok and Life Lapse.

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