The most challenging part of the process is the editing. Simply importing the images is an effort, after much research Alex found that he must resize the images to the video projects working resolution, then pull in the sequences in groups at a time. Trying to upload all at once may bring up error reports.
Whilst much of stop motion is down to the subject that is being captured and how the scenes flow, Alex shares his 5 top tips and tricks to refine your process:
• Learn to use manual mode, I often try guessing the exposure required for a scene before lifting the camera to my eye. It's a fun little game to play as you wander and explore. It also means you are always ready for any moment, when you walk indoors or from direct sun to shade or when edge lit silhouettes are presented, you will be ready. This is a must with stop motion as you don't want the shutter speed, aperture or ISO to change mid-sequence. You can of course use a Program Mode and press AE-L to hold camera settings between frames if your camera allows this and are familiar with shooting this way.
• Do not get caught up on having super smooth, tripod stable sequences. Thinking too much about the gear you have and operating it can and will detract from your travelling experience. The movement / motion of your own self as you capture the content adds to the viewing perspective. Of course use natural objects and your surrounds when available to help brace yourself over the few seconds to shoot the sequence.
• Review your work on the rear of the camera by simply scrolling through! If available, map the centre joypad button to do a 100% zoom to check focus of images you are reviewing.
• Don't forget to be present as you explore your surroundings, scanning for that next shot or cool moment and be spatially aware of your surroundings and enjoy where your feet have brought you!
• And finally, do not be afraid to try something new!