Cinemagraphs are known as “living moments in an otherwise still photograph.” By capturing a beautiful photograph and adding subtle motion, you have the perfect medium to show a small snippet of a moment and tell your story.
Here is an infographic that covers everything on how it’s done:
Here are the takeaway tips on creating a cinemagraph:
- Use a tripod to steady your camera. This will dramatically improve the quality of your cinemagraphs.
- Frame your scene like you would a photo. A great cinemagraph would also make a great photo.
- Make sure your loop is smooth. This is perhaps one of the most difficult but essential parts of making a cinemagraph.
- Experiment! Don’t be afraid to step away from the common trends you’ll often see.
- Align your story with your audience’s interest.
- Less is more. Trim your footage down to under 100 frames.
- Use the right file format. MP4 is a much less resource intensive format for the web.
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