FAQ - HOW DO I GET STARTED WITH STOP MOTION? - xanthe berkeley
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FAQ – HOW DO I GET STARTED WITH STOP MOTION?

FAQ – HOW DO I GET STARTED WITH STOP MOTION?

Here are some tips to start shooting Stop Motions on your phone…

I love the app – Stop Motion Studio. The free version has everything you need to shoot your creation and it’s available on iOS and Android. Check out my FREE lesson – OVER HERE where I share Behind The Scenes shooting a Stop Motion, using the Stop Motion Studio app.

Use a tripod or position your phone, so it can stay still while you shoot – It’s important to keep the phone still for each frame. That way, the only movement is the action happening in front of the camera and from the objects moving.

Here’s a blog post where I share – EQUIPMENT FOR SHOOTING VIDEO OR STOP MOTION FROM OVERHEAD. As this is a question I’m asked a lot.

Use a remote or self timer – If you touch your phone every time you take a photo, you run the risk of jogging the frame, even slightly. There are a couple of options to take the photos. Your headphones can act as a remote, plug them in and use the -/+ to take the photo. Or use the timer and set it to take the photos at your preferred interval (I’ll demonstrate this feature in my FREE lesson).

Lighting – Try and keep your lighting consistent. If you use natural light, you might notice a flicker, as the daylight changes. It’s not the end of world if this happens. For beginners I suggest, just play and have fun and don’t worry about the light fluctuations initially. But if you want to get into creating Stop Motions, look at using some lights to keep the light constant. There are so many lighting options out there, so it will depend on your budget. I made this Stop Motion below using a ring light positioned on the side.

Most of all… Have fun with Stop Motion. Play and experiment with props and movements. The more you play, the more ideas you have.

For more tips and Behind The Scenes shooting a Stop Motion, using the ‘Stop Motion Studio’ app. Check out my FREE lesson – OVER HERE.

And for more equipment recommendations are here. (aff link)


If you’d like to learn more about creating stop motions on your phone, check out the MAKE STOP MOTIONS course, where I share tips to get started, project ideas & inspiration of what stop motions to create and the step by step process to shoot, edit and share your videos, all on your mobile device.

Head over here for all the details. – Come and join the FUN.

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