Cinemagraphs are partially moving images – most of the image is frozen like a still image, but a specific part has motion. Depending on the subject matter, the entire shot can be in motion, as long as the motion is looping seamlessly. These eye-catching clips bring a still frame to life, and enhance the home’s features.

In order to create a visually pleasing cinemagraph, the photographer will need to use a tripod to shoot a scene with absolutely no camera movement. Try focusing on subtle movements in the frame.

Lighting is also important for a Cinemagraph – the lighting should be mostly fixed so that there is no flickering when the clip loops.

Common Subjects for Cinemagraphs

  • Trees blowing in the wind
  • Water rippling in a pool/pond/lake
  • Fountains flowing
  • Time-lapse of sunset/clouds/sky
  • Ceiling fan spinning in a room
  • Backyard lights/torches flickering
  • Fireplace burning
  • Curtains blowing in the wind
  • Parks, cars, pedestrians in the neighbourhood.
  • A candle in a darkened room

This sample story features many types of cinemagraphs that can be used as inspiration and context for your videos, and this link can be used to find examples and free-to-use cinemagraphs in your storybooks.

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