So you now have a pretty impressive compilation of work ever since you picked up that new camera. Now it’s time to share it with the world. But there are better ways to present photography than a simple image slideshow. If you want to have more control over the way your work is displayed, animation in Adobe Premiere Pro is a good place to start. After all, your amazing photos deserve it!
For many photographers, a sense of flow is important, especially when the individual stills present a narrative when put together. Photojournalists are storytellers in their own way. Applying effects, movements and animations are ways to meld together images, hand-drawn illustrations and text. The body of work as a whole is brought to life and enhanced according to the theme.
Once you’ve identified the element you want to animate (here, we inverted the colors of the original image and separated it into two parts: the frame and the “Hello . . .” elements), you’ll want to duplicate it on three tracks in your timeline, making each track two frames long. Depending on what you’re animating, you may want to adjust the number of tracks and the length of the clips, but three clips at two frames each is an ideal number for this type of animation.
Click on the first of the three clips in the timeline panel, then select the “Effect Controls” tab (to the left of the reference window here). Click the arrow to expand the “Motion” section, where you’ll see the settings for “Position.” The key to making this effect work well is in minimally adjusting these position settings. The default positions in Adobe Premiere Pro are 960 on the horizontal axis and 540 on the vertical axis. To create this effect, you’ll simply change this setting slightly for two of the three clips: set the first clip to 959/539, and the second to 958/538.
Once you’ve made the position changes, go back to the timeline panel and copy/paste the three clips several times (after the original three clips) on the timeline, so that you’ll have enough time to really review the effect when you’re playing back your project. Again, depending on the static image, text, or photograph you’re working with, it may make sense to position the three clips further or closer to each other (slightly varying the horizontal and vertical positions), and to also adjust the number of frames slightly for each clip. Generally speaking, though, this effect works best when each clip takes up an equal number of frames.
Easy, right? Here’s a look at how this effect was used in the context of a recent internal Shutterstock video. Note that it serves to align the illustration with the feel of the retro rocket video, which was scaled to appear “inside” the drawing. To add an additional layer of movement, it might have been interesting to isolate and animate the individual letters in the illustration, but for the purpose of quickly bringing this part of the video to life, it works well.