Photography Masterclass: Learn the Secrets of Motion Blur | Henry Marsh | Skillshare

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Photography Masterclass: Learn the Secrets of Motion Blur

teacher avatar Henry Marsh, Photographer | Writer | Traveller

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Lessons in This Class

5 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Lightroom

    • 3. Blurring

    • 4. Selections

    • 5. Final Touches

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About This Class

In this class you will learn how to add motion blur to the background of an image using photoshop. This technique is great for adding depth and movement to your photographs. Adding motion blur to an image works best on action and sports type photographs, and will make your photos more dynamic!

Along with all of this, adding a motion blur to your background aids in distinguishing your subject from the background and is a really neat trick for when you suck at panning (like I do).

So stick around and create a class project of your own image. It can be someone running or, as in my case, a car zooming past on a racing track. 

Enjoy the class. 

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Henry Marsh

Photographer | Writer | Traveller


Hey! My name is Henry Marsh, and I'm a photographer, retoucher, and adventure seeker born and bred in Pretoria, South Africa. I've been taking photos and editing for over 4 years. Taking photos and editing every single day for massive lifestyle and glamour shoots is a dream for me. You are more than welcome to follow me along as I pursue this dream.

My photographic endeavours have seen me working with illustrious photographers such as Rey Mangouta, Alessio la Ruffa, Bernard Brand, and Ett Venter. I've also done a host of work for some cool brands including Martell Cognac, Beach and Beyond, Churchills, Jagermeister, Bacardi, and Cricket South Africa.

I am the most active on Instagram, so check me out over there for more up to date portfolio work.

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1. Intro: way in this lost welcome. On this slash you learn has motion bloats the background of women shoes inclusion. This technique is pretty great for adding death movements. Your photographs and emotion blow to an image works pretty well on action of four photographs, so this will definitely make your photographs even more done along full of this sad in Russia. But your background will distinguish this subject from is a really, really neat trick. When you see something like this classic cover everything from creating selections to the actual blurring techniques within Photoshopped. So stick around, create a project of your own. It can really be anything with a moving subject like someone running or even just the racing call like the one that I'm using in this. Watch the video as many times as you like and enjoy. 2. Lightroom: Hello and welcome to another tutorial here with myself, Henry Marsh from Henry Marsh photography. And in this tutorial, I'm going to be showing you guys how to creates motion blur in the background, off a photograph. So before we begin, I just have one big favor to ask you. Please head on over to your browser that you are using and type in skill. Shit. I've come ford slash Henry March 15. And if you are into portrait editing and all the kind of secrets that you want to learn about retouching and brightening eyes and getting the best out of every single one of your portrait, please enroll in my secrets off portrait editing class. I swear it's gonna be life changing for the way that you edit photographs. I've been traveling all over the country giving this workshop and here you guys have it on the platform already done for you. Enroll. Watch it and let me know what you think. All right, so, back to the tutorial. Now, the idea is to get something that looks something a little bit like this. Now, this photograph was actually panned. This is pan motion Blur this The motion blur in this photograph is actually caught in camera. But now the reason why we want to go and actually artificially create motion blur in this photograph is that creating a photograph like this is extremely, extremely difficult to do in camera, like I took about 500 photographs to get about three or four really good panning motion shots. It's really difficult, so we are going to create that effect artificially in photo shop. So let's jump right in. We're going to right click on the photograph of it here and say, Edit in photo shop and I will catch you over there. 3. Blurring: Okay, So the first thing that you want to do when you get into photo shop is to simply come over to year on the right hand side and just unlock your background layer. Now, that's just gonna make this a layer zero, which is gonna help us to do a lot of different things in the future. Now I'm gonna show you guys something here that we're not going to be doing. But just to give you an indication of why I'm doing what I'm doing, So the first thing we'll do is duplicate this layer. Go over here to filter, blur motion blur, create a really cool looking motion blur. Get our lair, Maas, and get a brush tool. Make sure you're brushing with black. And the first thing that you will notice when we start doing this is there's no riel separation from the background and are subject. You see this over here? It looks like it's a ghost, right. So I'm gonna show you how to not have that effect on our photograph, because obviously that's not what we want. Sometimes it kind of looks cool. If you've got this sort of war like a like a time walk warp top photograph. But that's not what we're getting for going for right now. We're going to just separate our background from the subject, and then we're just gonna motion blow that right? So let's start again. What we want to do is first off, duplicate this layup and then we're gonna work on our bottom layer first. Now come over here to the right hand side and make sure that you've got your spot heating brush. And we are literally just going to get rid off our subjects that we just have a background . So simply going color in right of your subject makes sure if you've got some shadows in your photograph that you get rid of those as well. Your computer might be a little bit faster than mine. But there we go. Generally, it's going to do a pretty good job. Remember, we're gonna be blurring this all out, so it doesn't matter too much what it looks like. It just needs to sort of look a little realistic and have our subject completely gone. All right, I think that looks pretty good. I'm kind of happy with that's the coloration of your head looks a little funny. Looks good. Right now, the first thing we want to do on this layer that we've just gone and taken our subject out off is create a smart object. Now, that's is gonna become pretty apparent. So the reason for that is gonna become pretty apparent just now. So now what we want to do is come up here to filter, blur and motion there. Now, the idea is to get a blur that goes roughly in the direction that your subject is going. As you can see, we've got this angle here that the track is moving at. It looks like this, and that is roughly I think it's roughly about a seven degree angle. And you can make this distance anything you want, depending obviously, how fost your subject is moving. This is the reason why we have that smart objects is we can actually go and change this a little bit later. So I think I'm gonna leave this spirit about 140 of that looks good. And then we're gonna come appear to our top there. Now we're going to start without selection 4. Selections: So once you've got your bottom layer that is blurred out, and we've got this top layer that we created earlier, which looks exactly like old photographs. As you can see, there's the difference we now going to select are subject to mask out from the background. Now, there are a number of different ways that you can do this. There are so many different ways to skin a cat. Um, right now, for the purposes that I'm gonna be doing as a quick selection, I'm going over here, too, to the quick selection tool. And I'm literally just gonna go and color in our vehicle. Just make sure you're on the positive sign of you here. You are adding to your selection, and I'm just gonna go over here and color in the vehicle that I want as my selection. It's not always gonna be perfect. We gonna fix that up in a second, whips. It's like that. That looks good. That looks good. Remember always to catch in your shadows. If you do have those as well, that looks good right there. And so we, uh, as I said, there are so many different ways of doing this If you want to get really, really stuck into its, you can even use the pencil, which is probably the most accurate way of doing this. It is just a bit of a slip to do, and it does have a little bit off a learning curve to it. I think this is starting to look pretty good for our selection now, once you've got a selection that looks pretty good. As you can see, we've got the running ants that define us addiction. You actually, they want to go and refine your selection. Now how I'm going to do that is by simply clicking on Q. The letter Q. On your keyboard and immediately you'll see what is in your selection and what isn't. All you do is you take your brush tool, which is right over here. The shortcut is be make you sure you are using black and whites if you're not using black and whites simply pushed the letter D to push them to make that a default, and then you can use the letter X to jump between the two. All right, so what you got to know is that black is rid. Let's just make how rush a little harder. The way you do that is simply by clicking. Appear at the top, and you can just make a rush harder or softer. You can also then change the size of your brush by using the square bracket keys you can the right hand square bracket key too big to make a bigger on the left and square bracket key to make it smaller. Right? So what you want then do is just go and refine your selection by coloring in over here. Now, this is a lot easier if you have any sort of pen tool like a welcome. I have the welcome interests pro pen and touch. I believe it is, which is super helpful for more than one type of thing. Now this does get a little bit nitty gritty, and I won't let you sit through all of it. But just make sure that you are getting in everything that should be selected and everything that should not be selected. You can zoom in and make you brush a lot smaller to get into all of these really, really, really difficult to reach places now, a really good tip to do when you're doing this is to simply click and then hold shift and then click again and you'll actually start to get sort of like straight lines that actually follow a curve almost if you just keep on shift clicking on Do you could do that as well like that. And in just color in middles. You want to be quiets accurate with this, Um, rather take out a little bit more of your subject than keep more of your background in. It'll all make sense a little bit later, and yet you want to get into ALS those hard to reach places as a sit click on X to make your rush. Whites and Teoh color in like this. As I said, lots of different ways to skin a cat. You can use the last stool to less suitable. You can use the magic magnetic less Ooh, tool. You can use the pain tal lots of different ways to do it. This is just how I'm finding it to be the easiest to do, right? No. All right, so let me get onto this and I will catch you in the next episode. 5. Final Touches: already. So once you've got your selection all done and dusted, you should have something that looks a little bit like this. Now, obviously, you want to be able to see everything in complete detail. You want to be able to have everything nicely cut out, and then once you push que again, you'll actually see your running ants once again. All right, now, once you've got your selection all nicely, you need to create a layer mask on top of this layer, and that's gonna look something like this, and voila! We now have the background that looks like motion birds. So just to give you an indication of what that looks like before on the after their mosque tours at the bottom over here, if anyone missed that Andi Yeah, that's all there really is to it. Now, what's really great about us making a smart filter on this bottom layer is that you can actually go back and change How fussed you once this motion blur to be now you could make it seem like it's going super fast or even just a little faster than what we took the photograph. Alrighty. So once again, here's your before and you're after and you can then take this all the way back in two. Let room click, save and that'll take you back to light room once again. Okay? So once you're back in light room, you obviously are able Teoh and have a look at your photograph. You can Then again look at the before and the after. And then you can linger and export a photograph. I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial. I hope you've learned something. Please let me know in the comments. If there's anything I missed out anything else you would like to know, Sami? A message. I'm pretty approachable. But for now my name is Henry Marsh. From any wash photography have a good one.