If you ever wanted to learn how to make cinemagraphs this infographic from the good folks over at Katchup will tell you exactly what you need. If you’re unaware of what a cinemagraph is, it’s a still image with a subtle motion loop within, i.e., an image with a moving video loop of some sort action like hair blowing in the wind, or a finger pressing the shutter of a camera.
The cinemagraph was coined in 2011 by Jamie Beck & Kevin Burg of Cinemagraphs.com, two photographers that also run the Reddit community — /r/Cinemagraphs — dedicated to cinemagraphs.
According to Kevin and Jamie, “A cinemagraph is a living moment in an otherwise still photograph. It exists in the world in between a photograph and video to bring to life the image and make it last forever.”
Katchup predicts cinemagraphs will become one of the biggest trends in photography this year, and I tend to agree after seeing photographer Mike Mellia’s: “Instagram: A Selfie a Day Keeps The Doctor Away” go viral last week.
Katchup has made this in-depth infographic, as well as a hit list of the “7 simple tips to make an awesome cinemagraph,” so that you can make one for yourself. While the results and time to create vary, this should be everything you need to know to get started.
It will interesting to see if this will become one of the “it” things this year, but If nothing else, I am sure Facebook and other social media sources will be flooded with these cinemagraphs.
Also, a great piece of software to use for iOS devices is Flixel. The cinemagraphs used in this article came from, and were made by Flixel.
You can read a more in-depth explanation on Katchup’s original blog posting here.
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