There is so much out there that is new to me when it comes to photography. As a photojournalist for nearly 30 years, I was always about the moment. I didn’t worry about perfection in an image. I didn’t plan, didn’t try to control. I just let what was going on in front of me happen so I could capture it visually. Which is exactly what a photojournalist is supposed to do. I use to say that photojournalism is the art of imperfection. As a photojournalist, you can’t adjust the scene, you have to work capturing what is going on without influencing.
That being said, since I was 12 years old, I shot my photos organically. Not influencing, sort of a fly on the wall. Since I left photojournalism, I have learned more about Photoshop than I have since I started using it in the early 90’s. Doing timelapses, hyperlapse, using After Effects, taking control of my imagery. I admit that I am still a neophyte at having a vision, focusing it, planning, refining and shooting what is in my head. I’m a work in progress. Which is great for anyone. Constantly be a work in progress. There is always room to grow.
Yesterday I learned what a Cinemagraph is. A Cinemagraph is
“still photographs in which a minor and repeated movement occurs, forming a video clip. They are published as an animated GIF or in other video formats, and can give the illusion that the viewer is watching an animation.”
This is my first one. I spent about 5 min shooting then about 2 hours figuring out how to do it. A lot of what I’ve learned about Photoshop, I’ve learned from watching Aaron Nace with Phlearn tutorials on Youtube. I’ve also purchased several of their advanced tutorials. The information is amazing and Aaron Nace does a great job explaining and teaching the techniques. Anyway, this is the tutorial I used to figure out how to do a Cinemagraph:
Like i said, I spent about 5 minutes shooting the video I used for my 1st Cinemagraph. The biggest lesson I learned was to really think out what you are going to shoot. What you need to make your Cinemagraph really work is motion that can be looped seamlessly. Mine has a little hick-up in it where my son turns his head a bit on the low end of his bounce. Causes a little skip. It’s still cool though.
I’m going to keep working on getting better at these. I see so many ways to use this technique.