Let's Set Our Pictures in Motion


Tired of the same old story? Static pictures, motionless? This is the tip for you: find out how to add motion to your pictures.

This idea came to my mind after seeing some pictures in motion on the web by Jamie Beck. His images seem like 3D pictures because of his choice to move only one object. I did some research, many tries, and at the end I achieved to obtain the same effect on our analogue pictures.

Actually, it isn’t a real 3D effect, but an emulation; indeed, in this case, you don’t need any special glasses and you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a 3D effect.
In compensation, this is the easiest way to share 3D pictures with our friends.

Having said this, we need:

Firstly, a multi lens camera (POP 9, SuperSampler, Action Sampler, Oktoman, Action 4, etc). I also tried some experiments with my LomoKimo and I had a nice effect.

Besides this, we need software to elaborate our images. I used Photoshop.

Last but not least, our digitalized negatives :)

Now we have everything we need.

Let’s start with the picture we want to ‘animate’.

Let’s open it in Photoshop. The picture is divided in 4 smaller pictures.

Cut every miniature and save them with a different name (es. Picture001, Picture002,…,Picture00n.)

Once saved, you only need to open the picture001 and Picture003 in Photoshop; then you have to move the picture003 in the Picture001.
Then you have to go on LAYERS and reduce the opacity of our Picture003 to 50% (this is useful to place more precisely our picture). Then move it some millimeters on the right (just click the right arrow two or three times).

Now set the opacity to 100% again.

This is our last step to get our 3D picture.

On Photoshop go to Window → Animation: we have a new palette looking like a storyboard. Let’s go to the Layer palette and hide the 2nd layer.

On the Animation Palette we find our first frame. Set the time (under the frame you can see 0sec – let’s set 0,1sec). Now, you have to duplicated our selected frames and next to the first frame we will get a second one, exactly like the first. Then, from the Layers palette, make the second layer visible. In the animation palette, the preview of the second frame is changed.
This is how our Photoshop windows would look like.

From the Animation Palette click on Play to see our preview:
It seems like our faces are standing out of the monitor.
If we are happy with our work go to File → Save for web and devices.

Make sure the format is GIF and save.

Let’s share with our friends our 3d pictures!

This only works with multi-lens cameras, because we can get two similar pictures with a different angle (like in our eyes).

What if we use all the images we have?

Something marvelous! :)

It’s good, isn’t it?
The principle is always the same, but in this case I used 4 pictures.

This is made with my LomoKino:

written by simonesavo on 2013-05-21 in #gear #tipster


  1. simonesavo
    simonesavo ·

    Thanks @robertoragno :)

  2. robertoragno
    robertoragno ·

    @simonesavo thank you for the article :)

  3. mufff
    mufff ·

    @simonesavo i am new here, can i ask you, what kind of film was used in lomokino? thanks

  4. simonesavo
    simonesavo ·

    @mufff Generally use the films according to the time, if there is only one use ISO 100/200 and if it is cloudy or an internal 400/800 ISO

  5. ctno3
    ctno3 ·

    Great idea

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