Cinemagraph – Living Photographs

I was browsing the internet a few days ago and came up with an image. Not actually an image but a moving image. It was a photograph of a female with her hair and clothing moving very subtly. It was captivating. What I noticed was that except for the hair and clothing, the rest of the image was still. It wanted me to look at it longer than usual. The movements seem to make it alive. Very interesting.

I did a Google search on what that image is and I found out that it is called “Cinemagraph”.  It is a term created by two photographers Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck in 2011. They used the animated image in their fashion and news photographs.

A few minutes into searching I came upon hundreds of amazing and cleverly made cinemagraphs from cats, fruits and beautiful scenes. The experience is not quite the same when looking at standard still image.

This is not the same as GIFs which you can find on social media. The file format is the same but the concept is not. In a GIF, the clip is composed of a story or an event that happens in linear form. They are both seamleassly looping but the story or expression in a normal GIF is finished once it has reach the end. The common examples of it is a cat going bananas over a cucumber, or a man falling trying parkour.

A cinemagraph, on the other hand makes you want to understand and see the moving parts more even after you have watched it several times. You feel like you want to explore the image. The idea behind the image can be thought provoking.

Learning how to make can be easy. You will need the following:
– Tripod
– Video editing software (Photoshop)
– Camera

With just a few minutes into tutorials you can easily grasp the idea on how to create your own cinemagraph.