4 Tips for Creating Beautiful Spring Cinemagraphs

Though we may have to put up with a bit of rain and mud, spring is a beautiful season to get outside and explore. After all, without the rain, we wouldn’t get to experience all of the colourful life that spring has to offer.

Here are 4 tips to help you start creating spring cinemagraphs!

1. Embrace the rain

If the rain won’t stop, don’t let it restrict you from going out and creating spring cinemagraphs. Since rain is a constant motion, it makes for amazing cinemagraphs! Whether it’s dripping off of an umbrella, pitter pattering on a window sill, or collecting in a puddle on the ground, rain makes it easy to turn any scene into a living photo.

Cinemagraph by Arunas

2. Flowers, flowers, and more flowers

Of course this topic had to make the list. You can’t have spring cinemagraphs without flowers! All of the rain is worth it once you see this stunning emergence of life and colour. From tulips, to daffodils, to wildflowers, capture this beauty and highlight it with subtle motion.

3. Get macro

I must admit, bugs are one of my least favourite parts about spring… but they do make for some fantastic living photos. Get macro, and discover the little details that make spring so special. There’s a whole mini-world out there waiting to be explored!

Cinemagraph by Jon Kane Houldsworth

4. Go for a hike!

What’s the best way to really experience spring? Go for a hike! Get outside and see what nature has to offer. Even if you’re solo hiking, shooting footage for cinemagraphs is easy—just put your camera on a tripod or stable surface, and press record.

To practice what we preach, our Flixel team went to explore the blooming cherry blossoms in High Park, Toronto yesterday. If you’ve ever heard of our *famous* Flixel Walks, this is actually how they started—as our team going out on walks around Toronto to create cinemagraphs and take photos together. It often looks a little like this…

Flixel shooting cinemagraphs in High Park

If you’re not comfortable in front of the camera, these walks can be a terrifying experience… Otherwise, they’re a great way to go out and create content as a team.

Flixel Walk through High Park, Toronto

Our goal was to shoot the blooming cherry blossoms… unfortunately, about half of Toronto had the same idea. So, we decided to go pretty much everywhere in the park that was devoid of crowds. Check out some of the spring cinemagraphs and photos we created below!

Featuring Ali, Flixel Data Analyst

Featuring Brody, Flixel Video Editor

Spring is all about exploring and getting out into nature. As we learned, if you go with a set plan, you may need to improvise. This improvisation spins into creativity, which can make for some really spectacular cinemagraphs. Now go out there and explore!

Have any other ideas for some spring cinemagraphs? Let us know in the comments! Find more inspiration for your spring cinemagraphs in our Nature Gallery.

(Flixel Marketing Manager)

When Cassandra was six, she was asked to share a story with her class…and hasn’t stopped telling them since. Now she does so through photography, video and writing, but with the same sense of wonder - and love for glitter - as her inner kid.