A year and a half ago, I recorded Photoshop Workbench 297 which explained how to create a cinemagraph using Photoshop CS5. When CS6 was released, the process became much easier. To be honest, even if the process weren’t substantially easier, I would still feel compelled to revisit cinemagraphs because few things delight me as much.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with cinemagraphs, imagine still photographs with localized moving elements. If you have Photoshop CS6 and a digital camera with basic video capabilities, you’ll be amazed how easy it is to create a cinemagraph. The key is to come up with a clever concept that features two subjects that should be moving, such as a person and running water. One of the subjects will be frozen in post-production while the other will be left in motion.
When you capture the scene using your camera’s video capabilities, be sure to place it on a tripod and frame so that the moving subjects don’t overlap. The Ann Street Studio blog, displays a variety of compelling examples. Keep in mind that subtle subject movement is more effective than radical movement.
Once you’ve captured the scene, the rest is handled in post-production, and that, my friends, is where we will pick up today…