30 Amazing Cinemagraphs for Inspiration
Cinemagraphs, originally created by Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg, are sort of a cross between photo and video. It uses the appearance of a still photo with small, sometimes subtle, motion effects. The cinemagraph is a modern take on the animated GIF.
Cinemagraphs are created by taking video or a series of still photos and creating a seamless loop in Photoshop (see this tutorial for creating a cinemagraph from a video).
Here we’ll showcase 30 examples for your own inspiration. You can also find even more examples from the official Cinemagraphs website.
Use Vignettes and Targeted Exposure Adjustments to Lead the Viewer’s Eye
In this “how to” tutorial I’m going to walk through how to use vignettes and targeted exposure adjustments to help control where the viewer’s eye concentrates.
Vignetting in photos is a bit of an odd thing with some photographers willing to spend $1,000s on quality optics that offer an even exposure across the frame, while at the same time, the popularity of various photo filter apps have made bold and strong vignettes an aesthetic choice for others.
Sometimes a heavily contrived vignette can work really well with a specific image, but right now we’re going to see how subtle adjustments to a photo can make a big difference that won’t be immediately obvious to the viewer. I’m working with the Lightroom 5 Beta, but this is easily achieved using Photoshop too. I’ve also called upon the assistance of Alfie as my model – a one eyed, three and a half legged Yorkie recently rescued from a dog pound.
Beautiful Photographs with Reflections
Reflections can be an interesting subject that contributes to unique photos. Whether it is a reflection in water, from a glass building, on a pair of sunglasses, or from some other surface, the result can be an intriguing photo.
Here we’ll showcase 39 photos from different photographers that display examples of using reflections in photography. Use these as inspiration for your own ideas that can be put into practice.