Often referred to as “living photographs”, a cinemagraph is usually a still frame where parts of the image are moving on a loop. While most of the photo is still, these small repeated movement create the illusion of a living photograph.

Cinemagraphs are yet another exciting visual tool available to us photographers to differentiate ourselves and create memorable visuals.

In this tutorial I’ll take you through the entire process of creating a cinemagraph, including planning, gear requirements, camera settings, lighting, using Photoshop as an alternative, sharing files and more!

This is a great free tutorial to help you understand what you need to make captivating images that breathe life into your work!

  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Planning Your Cinemagraph
  • Part 2: Preparing to Capture, Gear Considerations
  • Part 3:  Other Cinemagraph Considerations (lighting and the still frame)
  • Part 4a: The Shoot
  • Part 4b: The Shoot
  • Part 5: Bring It to Life in Flixel’s Cinemagraph Pro
  • Part 6: Editing your Cinemagraph in Photoshop
  • Part 7: Sharing your Cinemagraph
  • Outro

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