If you aren't familiar with cinemagraphs
, they're best described as images that take animated .gifs to to the next level. Pioneered by visual artist Kevin Burg, a cinemagraph is composed of a series of images — like a movie or an animated .gif —but only one component of the image is left moving. Closer to a photo than a video, the visual effect ranges from visually stunning to comical.
The great thing about cinemagraphs is that really anyone can make them. You don't need anything beyond a camera and Adobe Photoshop, as illustrated by this Photojojo tutorial
, but the easiest way, hands down, is to use an app called Cinemagr.am
, which combines Instagram and cinemagraphs. While the sharing feature of the app is a little lagging, it makes cinemagraph creation fun and instant.
Simply take a video, mark the portion of it you'd like to animate, and you have a cinemagraph like this one
, or the one above. You'll notice cats make especially good cinemagraph subjects.
Easy, isn't it? And don't fret, Android users — Cinemagr.am should be on its way to your devices soon.
(Images: Ambika Subramony)