The Internet has shaped an pleasure of GIF images that has multiply from the premature days of clip art to supplementary complicated styles today. One duo of photographers determined to take this a little additional. Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg formed a set of extraordinary cinemagraphs during Fashion Week this year in order to show the moving prettiness of New York during the occasion.
From the visitors at runway shows to the pouring rain on the street outside, there is something really out of the ordinary about their captures. They can all be viewed on their blog, From Me to You. But if you want to know how they did it, the pair gave a more in depth interview on the subject for The Atlantic.
But even the wonderful Beck’s in-depth study of hers and Burg’s work is not a sufficient amount to really give us a step-by-step guide to getting started on our own. In fact, she says that they had been experimenting with the process for a year before they felt confident enough to create and release the Fashion Week images.
Obviously, it will take time and practice to get the method down, but the first steps will still be necessary to begin. Check out these tutorials that will help you along the way in making your own cinemagraphs.
A cinemagraph is simply a .gif file (could also be a video) with more artistic feel that the regular .gif you see everywhere. Typically it is a still image with a few elements slightly moving. This technique gives the cinemagraphs a bit of mystery and personally I like to watch them spotting the moving parts.
To create a cinemagraph you need a good quality picture that look great as a still photo. When you have your composition right you need to record a movie capturing the same composition. This is the hard part as only the elements you want to move in the cinemagraph are allowed to move in the video. I you have models you need to make sure they stay as still as possible and stay in the same position as in your still image. Record the video in the highest resolution that your video camera support. Remember to use a tripod to minimize camera shake. Once your material is collected it is time to create the cinemagraph. Professional tools like Photoshop makes it a simple task where you have good control and can retouch as needed. Videos can be imported into Photoshop using “Now go to File>import>video frame to layers”. (see the tutorials below the cinemagraphs to learn more)
Tutorials about how to make a Cinemagraph or Cinematography
Here we learn how to expand on the concept of moving pictures to create larger movements. You also learn the difference between the traditional GIF images of old and these new animations that are sweeping the photography world.