Action Sequence

Photoshop – Action Sequence


You will be combining a set of at least 8 images you shot with a digital SLR camera into an action sequence.


– Sequence of 8 Action Photographs – shot with a TRIPOD!


– Use a Digital SLR and a TRIPOD

– Set the camera on MANUAL focus and exposure

– Find a location where you have enough room to move ACROSS the image, and there is ENOUGH LIGHT

– Have your subject stand in the middle of the shot and FOCUS and ADJUST EXPOSURE

– Think of an action and take at least two sequences of shots

  •  TIP: Use actions that move across the screen, not towards the camera
  • Take several series WITHOUT moving the camera – this will give you more choice later!
  • Camera speed should be at least 1/250 – blurry Images are NOT acceptable!
  • Photoshop file of your combines images that uses AT LEAST 8 layers. (12 for Photo 2 or 3)
PHOTO 2 or 3:
  • Shoot a second sequence at the same location, or place yourself in 8 spots around the site.
  • You could also shoot the second set of photos placing yourself in random locations, or interacting with yourself.
  • Make a combined image of both sequences – you will need 12+ layers!
  • Open the first image in the sequence in Photoshop
  • Drag and drop the other images in the sequence on top of the first.
  • Make sure they lign up correctly.
  • Use the Object Selection Tool to select the subject, then apply a mask to crop out the subject
  • Use the Brush tool on the masks to add shadows or reflections where they exist
  • Save the Photoshop (.PSD) file (I want to be able to see all layers)

Image in layers, clean edges, alignment, consistent lighting, fast shutter, subject in focus

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