Today, I will teach you one of my tricks on how I make my nendoroid jump in my photo shoot. This is actually one of the most common questions I got from friends and followers.
I will use this Nendoroid Mako jumping into the bed scene as an example.
To achieve a shot like this, these are the things you will need:
DSLR/ Digital Camera
Tripod (this is important!)
Adobe Photoshop (I have CS6)
Adequate Lighting environment
Since I’m using a DSLR, I set it in Manual at:
Shutter Speed: 1/13
Position your camera and focus on the subject.
You can set them whatever choice of aperture level you like, shutter and ISO. I only used this as example because these were my settings during the shoot. You can use your camera’s self-timer or shutter release remote.
For Digital Camera (Point and Shoot) users, have your camera mounted on a tripod and use self-timer to avoid blur and camera movement.
With my camera mounted on a tripod, I took two pictures. The first shot is the one with Nendoroid Mako in it and the second shot is the one without her. Note: Carefully remove the Nendoroid from the scene, before taking the second shot.
Open Adobe Photoshop CS6.
Go to File menu, and open the image with a figure or nendoroid in it, then open the image without the figure.
When you opened the 2nd image, use the Regular Marquee Tool to select the whole image. Click CTRL-C to copy. Then go to the first image file then click CTRL-V to paste.
When you switch to the first image file and have pasted the 2nd image. Here’s what it would look like:
- Make sure that you are at Layer 1 (or the image without the figure)
- Lower down your Opacity upto 30%, enough to see the figure
Using the Eraser tool, carefully apply it to the area where the figure is slightly visible.
After applying the Eraser tool to the area, turn the Opacity back to 100%. You will no longer see the stand in the picture. Yay! Then save your file as .jpeg.
There will also be a video tutorial uploaded in my YouTube.
If you have a more easier way to do this, please do share! I want to know too.
That’s all for today guys! See you on my next post! ❤
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Thanks so much for this! 😀
You’re welcome! 😀
Thanks for the tips!
Thats nicely explained and I love this certain example of a jumping Mako ;).
manual focus is also essential to such pictures, it’s actually similar to the method you use for special Dollfie poses. I should try this already ^^
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So that’s how you did it. I always thought you just threw Mako and took a quick shot. Ha ha. Nice tutorial, and very impressive (and cute) shot.