40 Examples of stunning Cinemagraphs

October 14, 2011 · 56 comments

by Dustin Betonio

Cinemagraphs

Cinemagraphs are still images that contain within themselves living elements allowing a glimpse of time to be experienced and preserved. Cinemagraph is a technique of blending the effects of images and videos. It was introduced by a New York fashion photographer Jamie Beck, in collaboration with motion graphics designer Kevin Burg. Since then, many other designers have created similar forms of cinemagraphs. Cinemagraphs are typically simply created as animated .gif files making them easy to use on a web page. In this article, I feature stunning examples of cinemagraphs for your inspiration. Don’t scroll too fast if you want to experience the Cinemagraphs and look carefully – elements you don’t expect to move may do it…!


A cinemagraph is simply a .gif file (could also be a video) with more artistic feel that the regular .gif you see everywhere.  Typically it is a still image with a few elements slightly moving. This technique gives the cinemagraphs a bit of mystery and personally I like to watch them spotting the moving parts.

To greate a cinemagraph you need a good quality picture that look great as a still photo.  When you have your composition right you need to record a movie capturing the same composition. This is the hard part as only the elements you want to move in the cinemagraph are allowed to move in the video. I you have models you need to make sure they stay as still as possible and stay in the same position as in your still image. Record the video in the highest resolution that your video camera support. Remember to use a tripod to minimize camera shake. Once your material is collected it is time to create the cinemagraph. Professional tools like Photoshop makes it a simple task where you have good control and can retouch as needed. Videos can be imported into Photoshop using “Now go to File>import>video frame to layers”. (see the tutorials below the cinemagraphs to learn more)

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Cinemagraph showcase

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Cinemagraph Tutorials

 

Author : Dustin Betonio

Dustin Betonio is a Translation Management graduate at University of Mindanao. His earlier career was devoted on customer service outside the information highway. Currently studying Law in the same University.

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Jonathon July 20, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Your method of telling the whole thing in this paragraph is truly fastidious, all can without difficulty know
it, Thanks a lot.

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Carl October 31, 2012 at 6:34 am

Wow, I must say these images are amazing. I can’t tell exactly how I felt when seeing these images but they seem to be pretty hypnotic, at least to me.

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annesofie October 31, 2012 at 8:49 am

Hi Carl, thanks for you positive feedback.
I’m glad you found the images just as stunning as we did :)

Best regards,
Sofie

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Mike Weiner October 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Does this remind anyone else of the newspapers and posters in the Harry Potter movies which had animated images? Never really thought we’d see that…apply this to smartpaper and its a done deal!

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Dave September 30, 2012 at 3:52 am

These are awesome, what a great concept. I can think of a bunch of different idea’s around cinema graphs. I decided that I would try creating one myself.

See my attempt. http://davelarsonphotography.com/2012/09/cinemagraphs/

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Cinemagraphs August 5, 2012 at 2:35 am

Great gallery!

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hugh July 25, 2012 at 1:22 am
Ryan Kittleson July 24, 2012 at 3:46 am

Here’s some that I made, they use 3D generated imagery rather than photographs, but otherwise the idea is the same:

http://www.erraticimagery.com/images/LFDminiloop_ps.gif
http://www.erraticimagery.com/images/thediner-cinemagraph.gif

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Lars July 24, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Cool stuff! Thanks for sharing ;)

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terri July 20, 2012 at 3:02 am

HELLO ALL:
I WANT TO LEARN HOW TO DO THIS FOR MY CLIENTS, HOW CAN I LEARN HOW TO DO THIS, ARE THERE SOME DETAIL TUTORIALS ALSO WHAT SOFTWARE DO YOU SUGGEST I USE TO CREATE THESE EFFECTS (PLEASE NO SO EXPENSIVE SOFTWARE)….ALSO CAN I USE MY CAMERA PHONE TO DO THE INTIAL VIDEO OR DO I HAVE TO USE A HIGH TECH VIDEO TO GET THE EFFECT, I ALSO HAVE AN IPAD CAN I USE ITS VIDEO OR IS THERE AN APP I NEED TO DOWNLOAD BEFORE TAPING MY CLIENT…SORRY FOR ALL THE QUESTIONS…PLEASE HELP….
THANKS,
TERRI

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Jerrett September 6, 2012 at 9:48 pm
Elizabeth June 4, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Dustin, why did you rip + host so many GIFs from the lovely website, If We Don’t Remember Me, and then not credit them or even link back to them at all?

http://iwdrm.tumblr.com/

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Fajas June 1, 2012 at 7:49 pm

These really blowed me away.

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Active Computing May 18, 2012 at 7:09 am

Holy crap these are cool. I want to learn how to do this right now!

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Dora Panariti May 4, 2012 at 5:30 pm

A M A Z I N G !!!! I am really blown away!!!!

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hugh February 22, 2012 at 3:44 am

my first attempts at cinemagraphs from a recent trip to africa
http://fixed-focus.tumblr.com/

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Libby February 21, 2012 at 12:49 am

Can I make a cinemagraph in photoshop elements?

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Nish@efiling of Income Tax returns February 14, 2012 at 9:47 am

Its funny and cute. Love this page! Some of them could have been more … refined. First few are the best!

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Diego Agulló February 8, 2012 at 7:24 pm
Tech Noir February 5, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Totally in love with cinemagraphs!

Recently started a site with my own cimemagraphs.

http://technoir.nl

Let me know what you think!

Floris (Netherlands)

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Martijn August 15, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Floris, these are absolutely brilliant! Love your choise of films.

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internet geheimen January 13, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Hi Dustin,

I like these soooo much. I was just surfing the net and got on this page. Now I don’t know what I was looking for anymore… Brilliant!

Where did you find all these yourself? Great stuff.

Anyway, I don’t know how I got here, and I don’t know where I will go next. But I sure had a nice time here…

Dennis (The Netherlands)

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Oier January 4, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Nice post!! Here I leave you the link to my new project called “A cinemagraph per week”: http://www.artefoto.net/blog/
Hope you follow and enjoy it! Big hugs from Spain

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how to host a minecraft server December 22, 2011 at 5:50 am

AWESOME! I’ve seen these before and have always thought they were sooo cool! I’ve “liked” this and bookmarking for future reference. Gonna have to use this one of these days! Thank you, thank you! Some are actually a little creepy, like the robot faced woman. :D

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Wilson Joseph December 20, 2011 at 12:51 pm

I love this cinemagraphs, I have posted in my blog also
http://www.webnexdesign.com/2011/12/14/cinemagraphs/

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Yann November 23, 2011 at 8:48 am

Hey, I just made another one here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/24482362@N05/6381682029/

;)
Really love that stuff.

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Bobby November 17, 2011 at 9:49 am

These are just stunning, feeling inspired we made our own here:

http://www.ciconline.co.uk/blog_mod/the-future-of-animated-gifs/

What do you think? Has any one found a commercial use for these?

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Yann November 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Sorry, links were missing:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/24482362@N05/6310151946/
href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/24482362@N05/6310121701/

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Yann November 7, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Love it !
Hey, check out mines too, maybe you’ll like ;)

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Orioto November 1, 2011 at 10:41 am

Great article, i’ve been doing some cinemagraphs in an old black and white photo style.
http://nightgrain.tumblr.com/tagged/cinemagraph

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kevyar August 31, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Amazing pictures, those things are too cool!

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Manoj August 6, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I am in love with this idea. Here is my first try out. Will be glad to know what you think: http://bit.ly/rhHt4V

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Lars August 6, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Its great Manoj! Thanks for sharing ;)

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Tend July 26, 2011 at 9:40 am

Funny, I love these all.

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Emaan Thompson July 24, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Hey…many of these are new but I also collected some good ones here:
http://www.graphicdesignden.com/enjoyable-cinemagraphs/

I am sure you guys will enjoy these too.

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Alex C July 20, 2011 at 10:10 am

Wow. Simply, wow. Thanks for sharing these along with the tutorials.

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Lars July 20, 2011 at 2:54 pm

youre welcome Alex, thanks for the comment!

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Salman Saeed July 19, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Haha! Love them :D

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Phil Jackson July 19, 2011 at 10:18 am

Excellent! Some very good examples. No doubt someone will (or already has) created an app (specifically) for this. Anyone?

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phil July 23, 2012 at 4:41 am

Yes our company Flixel did. Here is the link for our new promo video showing a love story through the eyes of +20 created cinemagraphs all created with the App http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WEZH4EEzs_8

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hernan November 26, 2012 at 4:19 am

The Nokia Lumia phone has a built in app that lets you take cinemagraph pictures easily (-:

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