Take Your Photos

Set up the Camera

  1. Have your batteries charged and ready!
  2. Set your camera for about 1-3 megapixels or 1280 x 800. Use lower settings if you are short on memory space on your camera or computer! Use higher settings for display on larger screens. The lower the resolution of your photos, the more 'pixelated' or blocky your film will look. Higher resolution photos take more memory space and processor speed, which can be a problem if you don't have a super fancy computer!
  3. Attach your camera to a tripod to keep your camera in the same spot - unless you are ready to change camera angles
  4. Most of the time, the 'Auto' setting will work fine. For really close-up work, try the 'Macro' setting, or keep the camera back and zoom in a bit.

Take your Photos

  1. Set up your characters and props in their 'starting positions' and take your first photo
  2. Move your characters a tiny bit (more if they're moving fast), then take the next photo
  3. Keep going (and going... and going...). Even a 100 photos might make a movie only a minute long or less!

Preview & Retake

  1. Look at the photos in the camera's screen. Are they the way you want? If not, delete and retake. This will help a lot later on!
  2. You can also 'preview' the animation right on the camera by holding down the 'forward' button and moving quickly through all your pictures. This will help you know if you are moving your characters the way you want them to move.

Change Angles

  1. Changing camera angles can really help make your movie more interesting and effective. Sometimes you might want to be in close, maybe even eye-level with a mini-figure! Other times, you'll want a long shot that takes in a lot of space
  2. You can even experiment with moving your camera closer or further, or using tiny bits of zoom... but that gets tricky!

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