Animated gifs with a fine art twist
- Date Discovered: 04/2011
- Discovered On: Tumblr
Since early 2011, hipsters and fine art photographers have been creating animated gifs that are whimsical and fancy. The images often have a subtle effect, with one part moving. Typically they are quiet street scenes and done in a washed out or monochrome style for a vintage feel. It can sometimes be difficult to figure out exactly which part of the image is moving.
Often (pretentiously) called Cinemagraphs because they are more than a photo, but less than a video.
Most Common Movement Objects in a Cinemagraph
Most Cinemagraphs keep a common set of objects that are chosen to be animated:
- Traffic or transit like cabs or trains
- Lights or fire
- Hair blowing in the wind
- Dresses blowing in the wind
- Wind blowing in the wind
How to make a Cinemagraph
- Take video of movement, keeping the main subject as still as possible
- Export individual frames as images from the film using Adobe Premiere or similar
- Using Photoshop, import the frames as layers
- Group all the frames except the one you want to represent all elements in the background, this one is the base layer
- Create a mask on the group of images to cover all but the area where movement will appear
- Create and export as animated gif
Instructions via Plumcataloupe
The Blog "from me to you" on Tumblr.
Gaining in popularity. As of early May 2011, more amateurs and non-artists are attempting them and posting around.
- Often monochrome or washed out
- Sometimes difficult to see what the moving part actually is
- You've probably never heard of it