Cinemagraph – The gray line between video and photo

If you are looking for some amazing GIFs to share on Tumblr or other social media sites, Cinemagraph is the answer.

Cinemagraph gives an interesting viewpoint on photography. It captures a snippet of time that seems stuck there. To create this effect, a small video is recorded to capture the movement of a single or couple of objects while the background remains completely still. Then with the use of software, the movement played then looped forever. This will create an illusion of time stopping.

To create one you will need concept and proper angle. Conceptualizing can be pretty hard considering that the movement must be a continuous loop. You will also need to learn skills to use Photoshop. There are some apps that can help the average Joe make one.

Some people consider this kind of image as art. It makes you want to appreciate the image and explore the background as well. A standard image doesn’t have this kind of effect as if time stood still.

To create a cinemagraph you will need a camera, tripod and photo editing software. There are a lot of tutorials on the web on how to create a Cinemagraph.