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Greg Kadel's MOTION EFFECT - how to do the same?

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Old 05-24-2012, 12:50 PM
zeeakawanted zeeakawanted is offline
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Question Greg Kadel's MOTION EFFECT - how to do the same?

Hello, WIZARDS!!!

A few months ago I came across these amazing images that Greg Kadel was shooting/editing for Numero magazine.

Since than, I tried to recreate this amazing effect (ESPECIALLY the same one as on the picture below!), mostly with PS' motion blur filter and different blend modes, but with no satisfactory results! So, my question is, is there some good soul of you Photoshop gurus/wizards who is gonna be willing to point me into the RIGHT direction?


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Old 05-24-2012, 07:00 PM
grossmisconduct grossmisconduct is offline
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Re: Greg Kadel's MOTION EFFECT - how to do the sam

Hi! Im no expert on the field, so I may be wrong, but this really looks to me like "rear curtain sync" ,with some paning of the camera. So basicly to me it seems like its done "in shooting". You should google "Rear curtain sync" or maybe "ghosting". There are tons of articles out there about it.
For recreating the effect in PS I too would have tried the motion blur with some masking and some gradients, so if that didnt get you where you wanted it would have been interresting to hear what the pros here have to say..
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Old 05-24-2012, 07:51 PM
zeeakawanted zeeakawanted is offline
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Re: Greg Kadel's MOTION EFFECT - how to do the sam

Hello, grossmisconduct!

Thanks for the reply, unfortunately I'm a real ignorant when it comes to the professional photo shooting so I think that everything beyond "point & shoot" now is gonna be too complicated for me. (However, I'm willing to learn as much as possible about the cameras & photoshooting per se, but first things first - the Photoshop is a priority No. 1 at the moment!)

In the meantime, I really do hope that somebody else will also try to help solving the "mistery" about this particular effect...

Thanks again, you're such a sweetheart!
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Old 05-24-2012, 10:35 PM
redcrown redcrown is offline
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Re: Greg Kadel's MOTION EFFECT - how to do the sam

This has nothing to do with rear curtain sync, camera movement, or subject movement. It's all post processing.

The original image is copied, offset, blured, warped, transformed, saturated, and masked against the orginal. That process is repeated several times for different sections.

There is some motion blur, maybe some gaussian, maybe even a little smudging or liquifying. Some small sections look like radial blur. Lot's of color modifications on the ghost sections. And a whole lot of masking.

So technically, no great secrets. But artistically, a lot of creativity knowing what common technique to use when and where.
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Old 05-25-2012, 02:50 AM
ShadowLight ShadowLight is offline
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Re: Greg Kadel's MOTION EFFECT - how to do the sam

I'm no wizard, but this is quite evident.

3>motion blur, angle 0, large distance (on top)
2>copy, shifted to the left (in middle)
1>original (on bottom)

invert mask of 2,3
on layer 2 paint-in some of the parts of torso / head (so you have a ghost image of the model next to her)
on layer 3 paint-in motion blur (gradually - more at top, less on bottom of ghost image)

that's it

(similarly just add some motion blur at angle -45 for the shoe,
and other areas/angles where you find it necessary)
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Old 06-07-2012, 05:35 AM
Luke Kaven Luke Kaven is offline
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Re: Greg Kadel's MOTION EFFECT - how to do the sam

I actually don't see any reason why the original image would necessarily be used for the transformed counter-image. There would be a number of shots from the sequence featuring different moods and expressions that could have been used. I'd be looking through the shots before and after for ideas.
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