How I Shot It - Stacking Sports Photos

August 14, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

You know those cool photos you see that show a sequence of action shots all stitched together? Those are pretty cool huh? In this Blog entry, I'll go over one of my shots that show this sort of action and explain how I Shot it, and how I achieved the finished result. 

Let's go.

Ok, so here's the shot I'm referring to to:

 

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This one was pretty simple, and pretty easy to do. Actually, this sort of photo is pretty easy to do come to think of it. You can do this sort of photo with pretty much any camera that shoots in "burst" mode. Hell, even a decent smart phone can shoot in burst mode. Now, I shot this with a DSLR that shoots a pretty high frame rate, so I had a good amount of photos to use for the final image. You will need Photoshop and will know how to use layer masks to cut out the parts of the images that you want to place on top of the main, base image. 

Once you have all your shots, you'll need to import them in Photoshop and select one of the images as the "main" image, meaning that the main image will be the one that is the base layer that you will then place the other sequence images on to. Here's the main base layer image before I added the other sequence image onto it:

 

 

 

 

 

And from here, you add the other sequence images on top of the main image. This image shows the one of the action sequence images before and after I added a layer mask and masked out the skater from the rest of the image. 

Before:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After:

 

And from there, you just add another sequence image, add a layer mask, and mask out the skater from the background. Here's the next image I added to this image sequence.

Before:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After:

 

And from there, you have your finished image. Now, I masked out and Content Aware Filled out the background people and stuff just to clean up the image a bit, but if your image doesn't need it, no worries, work with what you have. 

 

 

So there you have it, that's how I shot this image...or images...and put them all together to achieve this result. 

Happy shooting!

 

 


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