So what Cinemagraph actually is?
According to Wikipedia
Cinemagraphs are still photographs in which a minor and repeated movement occurs. Cinemagraphs, which are usually published in an animated GIF format, can give the illusion that the viewer is watching a video.
They are commonly produced by taking a series of photographs or a video recording, and, using image editing software, compositing the photographs or the video frames into a seamless loop of sequential frames, often using the animated GIF file format in such a manner that motion in part of the subject between exposures (for example, a person’s dangling leg) is perceived as a repeating or continued motion, in contrast with the stillness of the rest of the image.
The term “cinemagraph” was coined by U.S. photographers Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck, who used the technique to animate their fashion and news photographs beginning in early 2011.
So basically, Cinemagraph is a .gif file. but its not an ordinary .gif file, its a fusion between Photography and Videography. Its really-realy looks like Photo (if you saw it at the first time) but in the next second, you will see a moving object in that picture. But the moving object only appears in a tiny part of the “picture”
Its fells like, you see a picture in Harry Potter movie. :D
To make a Cinemagraph, first you need a VIDEO RECORDER! NOT A CAMERA
Because you will take that “picture” as a video and edited it in Photoshop (minimum CS 4 Extended) or in Cinemagram (for Apple user only) and change it into .gif file.
You can see an example of beeeaauuuttiiifulllll Cinemagraph created by by Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg in Cinemagraph Inspirations or from Cinemagram Tumblr
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Cinemagraph, a how to?