Creating cinemagraphs and animated images from stills has become something of a trend in the last few years. Yes, the idea has been around for a while, and some techniques can even be used to fake camera moves. While doing it in After Effects can be a bit of a challenge, Corel’s new PhotoMirage software wants to make it as easy as possible.
In the summer of 2016, photographer Jeffrey L Bennett experimented with creating animated GIFs using multiple cameras. He wanted to animate a moment, frozen in time, from several angles.
It wasn’t my first experience with animated sequences of images, for years I’ve been incorporating animated GIFs in my wedding, engagement and portrait work. They have been a big hit with my clients. I created the animations below using bursts of still shots from a single camera (other photographers are making cinemagraphs from video, but I preferred the stop-motion look of a group of still).
One of the “fun facts” I remember from my photography classes was that “wide-angle lenses are not for portraits”. Of course, you can always experiment and photograph people with wider focal lengths, but the truth is – it does make them seem a bit weird in the photos. This fun gif shows precisely how the change of focal length affects the face of a person you’re photographing.
If you like Cinematographs, you are going to love Plotagraph. In a nutshell, Plotagraph can convert any single JPEG into a cinematograph. This is great news to anyone who likes Cinematographs because creating those is a tedious and cumbersome process while (at least judging by the tutorial) Plotagraph is fast and very intuitive. Actually it requires no premiere/photoshop/after effect know how. It is all based on moving arrows around.