2D Wedding Photographs Converted into Gorgeous 3D Slow-Mo Zooms

Remember that slow-motion wildlife footage that consisted entirely of still photos animated with parallax? French photographer Sebastien Laban does the same thing, except with his wedding photographs.

In the video above, all the apparently 3D scenes you see are actually the result of using some After Effects magic on ordinary 2D photographs.

Want to learn how to do this to your own photos? Video media maker Jamie Francis created this tutorial on how this effect can be created in After Effects:

You’ll need to polish your skills before your resulting effect looks anything like Laban’s but, Francis’ tutorial should give you the lowdown on how the whole thing is done.

(via Laughing Squid)

  • Eric Leslie

    That is a really unique product to offer his clients. Totally cool!

  • Valentino

    Thanks for posting this! At one time I used after effects and other video editing software to make videos, but I not used them in a lo9ng time . . with this tutorial, I reminded again of just how fantastic these types of project are, and how spoiled we are to actually become semi-pros to further our business, whether it be for weddings or for some documentary projects. . . .

  • Greg McKay

    Ken Burns has been doing this effect since the early 90’s with his Civil War doc.

  • Jonathon Watkins

    Very nice effect. Thanks very much for sharing the tutorial as well.

  • Philippe

    It’s really really nice to watch.
    I could see some photoshop cloning here and there, but you have to be looking for it to notice it at all :-p

  • Guest

    Do comments with links get filtered out? =

  • Della Morte

    I’ve been wanting to figure out how to do this for a while, but haven’t taken the time. Thank you for posting about it!

  • Stan

    I find this too gimmicky. Shooting high-speed video has much more potential.

  • Federico Montemurro

    Ken Burns effect is kind of similar because of the zoom-in/out, but working with layered images is completely different.

  • Pantelis Roussakis

    Thanks for that, very helpful, especially the after effects layers bit, cheers

  • lidocaineus

    As others mentioned, it’s a similar effect to others, but refined. It’s exhausting to watch the same type of movement over and over though – he should really mix some stills in along with other types of movement, at various speeds. It’s too similar throughout.

  • Zos Xavius

    Is it just me or is this video 2 minutes and 37 seconds too long? What’s with the music? Yeah….um…next.

  • Bill

    Really nice effect, but I agree with lidocaineus, that there needs to be some variety in the video or it just looks like the same thing different photo.

    It does have the more refined Ken Burns look that you see a lot, I like the depth that it creates.

    As for Stan, yes a high speed camera would be nice and add potential, but not everyone has $100,000 to spend on that kind of gear, No offense intended.

  • Abhishek Scariya

    Can anyone suggest any tips/tutorials for getting a similar effect without using a $1000 software like After Effects?

  • Aaro Keipi

    Finally, a rational use for digital photo frames!

  • Matthew Neumann

    Look again. There’s a marked difference between ken burns effect and this.

  • John Nathaniel Calvara

    How about a free software of After Effects by doing the pirate way.? ;)

  • Ralph

    The video doesn’t exist anymore :S