The Art of Multiple Exposure

I’ve noticed recently that the multiple exposure method is getting pretty popular and trendy. It consists in the superimposition of two or more exposures to create a single image, and double exposure has a corresponding meaning in respect of two images. It’s an old technique used in photography and video, but certain artists are exploring new inspiring ways to use it. For example, the truly wonderful and young photographer Aneta Ivanonva. Get to know her work here.

“Explosions in the Sky” by Aneta Ivanova©

 

In video, the Australian company Antibody did a tremendous good job in creating the main title of HBO’s True Detective:

 

 

 

Beautiful stuff 🙂

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Experimenting with Cinema 4D

Hi there! I know, it’s been a while… Hopefully I’ll stop being lazy and get more personal projects going!

Today I want to talk about my first contact with Cinema 4D. I finally got my feet wet thanks to this really simple tutorial for absolute beginners. Many thanks to Chris Schmidt from Grey Scale Gorilla for this.

Now these guys (Grey Scale Gorilla) have great stuff that you’ll definitely want for Cinema 4D, and it’s totally worthy following their blog.

This is one of my first experiments with Cinema 4D, a cute lonely alien creature abandoned on Earth:

What I have to say about this software, is that it felt intuitive and simple enough for a noob like me. Great tools and templates that allow immense possibilities for a motion graphic designer. I still have a long long way to go, but I feel I can already create interesting things.

This is a video render of my little blue furry alien:

 

 

Well, it’s a start! But the goal is to get to this level (if I stop being a lazy ass):

 

 

Also done with Cinema 4D! Clearly the possibilities are tremendous, even if it’s not as complete as 3Ds max. You can also check the breakdown of this animation here.

See you soon for more exciting ahm… Stuff!

The Planet Effect

So I tried to recreate a planet effect with a panoramic picture. It doesn’t look too bad for a first try, and I sure got the idea. Here’s the result:

By doing this experiment, I’ve quickly realized where I could improve, specially by doing a delicate choice of a proper landscape.

I suggest you do the same, it’s fun! Here’s how:

  • First of all, make a 360 degrees picture. Take all the photos needed, add them in Photoshop and use the “Photomerge” tool under File > Automate.

More detailed info can be found on this website, and the following 4 magic steps:

  1. Open Pano in Photoshop
  2. Image –> Image Size | Now change the width to the same as the height. It will mush your photo into one square box. Be sure to uncheck the constraint box.
  3. Image –> Rotate Canvas –> 180 degrees.
  4. Filter –> Distort –> Polar Coordinates | Press Enter. Nothing to adjust.

And of course, this same principle can be applied on video. Here’s a great example: