How To Show An Action Sequence

Show four times the action with easy-to-master sequencing. All you need are a tripod and a fast shutter speed.

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How-To-Show-An-Action-Sequence

Here's one project where the Photoshopping is usually easier than the shooting. Capture the action right, and compositing will be a cinch.

Start by setting up your camera on a tripod. The steadier, the better. Then set everything manually so that the only thing different about each shot will be the location of the figure. Pick a small aperture to get it all in focus (f/11 should do), but make sure you've got a quick enough shutter speed to freeze the action (at least 1/500 sec). If you have to boost the ISO, do it.

When it's time to shoot, set your camera to burst mode and capture as many frames as you can. Before you combine, pick the best of the set. And, unless you want the figures to overlap, choose some with space between them.

Then just follow the steps in this image gallery.

To see more of Debbie's Photoshop tips, check out her Digital Toolbox Archive.

Photoshop Quick Tips

1. To select two areas separately, hold down the Shift key. You can add another selection without losing your first.

2. Need a fast way to make your foreground color black? Just type D, then X, on your keyboard.

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How-To-Show-An-Action-Sequence-2.-Click-on-the-se
2. Click on the second image in the sequence to select it. Then hit V on your keyboard to get the Move tool. While holding down the Shift key, drag that photo onto the first. It will pop in as Layer 1 (circled).
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7. Next task: Reveal the rest of the sequence. Use the Hand tool to navigate to the next visible biker, hit L for the Lasso, and circle him. Make a mask, then do the same on Layer 1.Frederik Delaere
How-To-Show-An-Action-SequenceThe-final-composite
How-To-Show-An-Action-SequenceThe-final-composite
How-To Show An Action SequenceThe final composite image shows the dynamic movement of this daredevil bicyclist.
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