Savage Color Paper


Photos by: Cara Smith & John Smallwood


Taking portrait images using Savage Color Paper:

  • Taking photos of ONE person only.
  • Person’s outfit color needs to correlate with the background color.
  • Need to shoot 75 – 100  photos.
  • Different lighting scenarios or editing style will make the paper change tone or saturation.






Depending which light setup you use begin with:

ISO – 160

Shutter Speed – 1/160

F-Stop – 5.6 – 8

Profoto light – Start at 7.0



Things to keep in mind:

  • Upping your F-Stop will make the paper become darker.
  • The use of color gels for the backdrop will change the shade.
  • Placing one key light on one side and a fill will make for bright to dark color.

All images from Studio Z Photography, Kara Zollos, Avon, Ohio


Goal is to have 12 – 15 different poses.

Edit your images and keep in mind the direction of all images. You want them ALL to be going the same direction.

When cropping use the same ratio for each.

You will be creating a animation like the one below using the steps below in Animation Creation section.



Animation Creation:

This process will take both LR and PS to create.

You want all of your images to have the same crop and direction. This will NOT work well with a mixture of horizontal and vertical images together.

To begin find all images for the animation within LR.

Select all images for Animation.

Right click on one of them.

Choose Edit In > Open as Layers in Photoshop…

Once all files load in PS choose Image > Image size.

Change the Resolution to 72.

Then change the larger of the Horizontal or Vertical to 600 Pixels.

Next you will open the Timeline panel. Choose Window > Timeline.

Once open change the dropdown menu in the middle of panel to Create Frame Animation.

Then with your mouse click the words Create Frame Animation.

Next from the Timeline panel menu choose Make Frames from Layers.

Change all times under each from to 1 second. (If you want it to run slower change the time duration, but not over 2.5 seconds)

Click the play button in the Timeline panel. You should see your animation now.

Save the file as an animation in your folder, to do that choose File > Export > Save for Web (Legacy)

Once the window opens make sure under the word Preset it says GIF.

Press the Save button. Save the file as Animation to your folder.


Animation Creation:

Post the animation to your blog as a new blogpost.



Photos by: Ashleigh Wheeler

Photos by: Angelica Juarez