Everybody loves fireworks! Lots of us shoot them off. Even more of us set up the tripod and photograph them, hoping to capture the magnificence of the finale. For me, that last shot never measures up, so let’s create a blazing light spectacle with Camera Raw, layer masks, and blend modes in Photoshop.
In this tutorial, Daniel Bryant starts with an old photo and splits it into three layers – foreground, middle, and background. He takes these layers into After Effects and animates camera movement and focus distance to create a moving picture with dimension that wasn’t there in the original. Check it out.