Harris Shutter Effect

The Harris Shutter effect is known for making three sequential color photographs using three primary colors. The technique was created by Robert Harris of Kodak, originally achieved by capturing three consecutive pictures of a scene through red, green, and blue filters, and then stacking the images into a single frame. However, with the use of a digital camera and Photoshop the process is much simpler.

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To create the effect, first take three photos of a moving subject of your choice using a digital camera and a tripod. Each photo is of the same object, yet taken in the same exposure and in different intervals of time using burst mode.Then upload each picture on a photo editing software, like Photoshop or Gimp (it’s free) and take the RGB channel from each exposure.


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I enjoy this technique because it makes an image look different not traditional. It’s a great way to make the picture pop. Plus, it’s a multipurpose effect; it’s useful for engagement cards, something editorial, or fashion advertisements. An audience will likely notice it because it’s not boring and the colors demand attention.


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 Here are three ways to create the effect using photoshop:

1. Applying digital filters with blended modes.

2. Use color balance to boost the colors.

3. Isolate the RGB filter channels.




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