Not into Video? You Can Still Make Great Cinemagraphs

Video: A Photographer’s Nightmare

We meet lots of photographers. Most are interested in learning how to make cinemagraphs. They see how the photography business is changing – growing increasingly competitive and that cinemagraphs are the future. But for some strange reason, when they hear that a cinemagraph involves shooting some video, they recoil in terror. “I’m not Spielberg – I don’t do video!”  What is it with some photographers? Are they allergic to video?  They already have everything they need in their kit bag – a camera that shoots video, a tripod and a record button. That’s pretty much all you need to get started with cinemagraphs.

By Hendra Aditya Kurniawan

In many ways, photographers are better suited to make cinemagraphs then even videographers AND filmmakers. Sometimes referred to as hybrid photography, cinemagraphs, (or living photos), find a place in the middle of this spectrum. Cinemagraphs teeter on a balance between both worlds. Yes, they require a short video clip and constant lighting, but they also require the artistic framing of a photograph, and the ability to freeze and capture a moment in time. Photographers are just as naturally equipped for creating cinemagraphs as videographers are. If you’re looking to branch out of your mainstream genre, cinemagraphs are the answer.

What you need:

1. A camera that can shoot video

2. A tripod

3. An artistic eye

4. Cinemagraph Pro

It’s as simple as that. For some more helpful tips, check out these 7 quick tips on creating mesmerizing cinemagraphs.

By Ixhumni

Photographers and videographers are both artists working in the visual medium; artists who tell stories through powerful imagery. Don’t be afraid to try out something new, especially something that is quickly picking up steam in the mainstream media. Make money and get ahead of the curve. Grow your business with cinemagraphs.

(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.


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