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The Ken Burns Effect: Bring Your Photos to Life in Video

Learn how to prepare and bring life to still images in your video productions.

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What you will learn

  • Bring life to still images in a video production

What are the requirements for taking your course

  • A working knowledge of Adobe Premiere and Photoshop is beneficial, but not required.

Who is this course for

  • This course is ideal for video content creators of all levels. Photographers and journalists can also benefit from the skills taught in this course.


Learn and use the Ken Burns Effect to help bring life to your still images in your video productions.

Enhance your storytelling skills by following in the footsteps of this documentary filmmaking master.

  • Understand the technical fundamentals of digital video and photography
  • Learn basic photo editing and retouching
  • Bring your video editing skills to the next level
  • Use basic animation and keyframing in your editing workflow
  • Recognize and harness the power of the Ken Burns Effect

A powerful addition to your video editing toolbox

Ken Burns is a documentary filmmaker known for his use of simulated camera movements over still images. By the end of this course you’ll know everything you need to about working with still images within Adobe Premiere and Photoshop, and how to use photos as an aid in your storytelling process. Learning the Ken Burns Effect will give you a better understanding of the filmmaking process.

Content and Overview

I’ll be producing a short-form documentary about JFK’s moon speech, using only photographs, a narration track and the Ken Burns effect in the editing process. I’ll be covering a wide variety of topics, including organization and media asset management, technical fundamentals of video and digital images, photo editing and retouching in photoshop, simple script writing, and basic animation and video editing. As a bonus I am going to show you an advanced 3D technique inspired by the Ken Burns effect. Exercise files are included, allowing you to follow along with the course.

I designed this course for video producers, editors and filmmakers looking to enhance their storytelling skill-set. Photographers looking to get into video editing will also benefit from this course.

I will be using Adobe software products for this course, specifically Adobe Premiere Pro and Photoshop. However, the fundamental skills discussed in this course can be used in any video editing program. A very basic understanding of video editing and Photoshop is helpful, but not required for this class.

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Course Overview

Resources & Exercise Files

Getting Organized

Introduction to Organization

Familiarize Yourself with the Content


Photo & Video Fundamentals

Introduction to the Fundamentals

Resolution & Pixels

Bitmap vs. Vector

Color Mode

Bit Depth

Framing, Composition & Movement

Basic Animation & Keyframing

Preparing Your Photos for Video

Preparing Your Photos for Video

Exposure Adjustments

Retouching with the Paintbrush Tool

Spot Healing and the Patch Tool


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28 Lessons
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3 Downloadable Resources
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