FRC Feature – My new hobby, The Cinemagraph
Scott shares his new passion, trying to master the art of the Cinemagraph
I have been a bit busy lately, not with work, blogging, watching films, or anything exciting. I have become obsessed in trying to learn how to make CINEMAGRAPHS. But what exactly are cinemagraphs?
Well I will leave it to WIKIPEDIA to define…
Cinemagraphs are still photographs in which a minor and repeated movement occurs. Cinemagraphs, which are usually published in an animated GIF format, can give the illusion that the viewer is watching a video.
They are commonly produced by taking a series of photographs or a video recording, and, using image editing software, compositing the photographs or the video frames into a seamless loop of sequential frames, often using the animated GIF file format in such a manner that motion in part of the subject between exposures (for example, a person’s dangling leg) is perceived as a repeating or continued motion, in contrast with the stillness of the rest of the image.
The above mentioned Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck are true masters at this. Brilliant photographers with great skill. But I wanted to try to do them from films. I saw THIS thread of cinemagraphs made from Kubrick films (again with a lot more skill than I possess) and it was on!!
Now I have only been properly trying these this week. And mostly from trailers. Which in itself is pretty hard because the film makers want to show as much action in a trailer as possible so having a still camera, which is essential for someone who is learning, is almost non-existent. Anyway enough excuses here are my first attempts…
WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN
WOMAN IN BLACK
As you can see, some have worked better than others, but I am still learning. I have yet to attempt anything like a person walking across the screen. Doing these ones was time consuming enough! Thanks for looking
About The Author – Scott Lawlor
Chief Editor of FRC. A self confessed geek with an unhealthy thirst for all things Home Cinema. Whether it is the latest Action film or Subwoofer.
Do you like these? Do I need to find a new hobby? Comment below…