How They Did It–Links from my Stills in Motion Presentation for ASMP Ohio Valley Chapter, May 28, 2019
ESPN Julie Ertz Motion Cover
Explanation of how they did the motion cover via ESPN Front Row
See also interview with the photographer, Mary Ellen Matthews, who happens to the be official photographer for Saturday Night Live.
New York Times Super Bowl Parallax Animation
Per their web page, “Each scene was created from a single photograph using Mental Canvas”. I do think this could have been done in After Effects, though it may have required more work. Click on the image below to navigate to the NYT page then keep scrolling down the page till you see the effect kick in.
The Cut–Bullet Time
This link https://www.thecut.com/2019/04/natasha-lyonne-cover-steven-sebring.html explains how photographer Steven Sebring uses over 100 cameras to produce this bullet-time effect for The Cut’s cover on the Apple News+ platform.
Example by Video Production Company
https://www.twiinmedia.com/parallax-3d-photo. Shows still photo and the parallax video conversion to it. They will convert a photo for $200.
Examples From Documentaries
Free Solo (2018)
The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)
Run for your Life: The Fred Lebow Story (2008)
In my slide deck I showed actual examples from the documentaries. Due to copyright issues, I elected not to post those on my site.
Two Approaches to Creating “2.5D” professionally
Place objects on different layers, enable 3D mode on layers, place layers at different positions on the Z axis, move a virtual camera through the layers, OR
Create a Depth Map
Facebook app has a “3D Photo” option that will take a photo that has a depth map (e.g., one taken with iPhone portrait mode) and make it “3D”
Where to Learn More
Tons of videos on youtube.
photoshop only: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQ8Wn1OKuyE
Finding vendors to do the parallax conversion for you
Search for “2.5D”, “parallax”. Fiverr has lots of people listed with very inexpensive pricing. https://www.fiverr.com/gigs/parallax