A Quickstart to Cinemagraphs

DSLR Video: Cinemagraphs



Course Overview

This course is a quickstart to professional video capture using your DSLR camera and creating high quality photographic animations or as they are now being called "cinemagraphs". This 1 hour course is designed to rapidly get you up and shooting great video on your DSLR camera and includes 32 sample files to help walk you through step-by-step the entire process of creating cinemagraphs.

Cupcake Cinemagraph

Eiffel Tower Cinemagraph

San Francisco Cinemagraph

Dripping Water Cinemagraph

Dripping Water Cinemagraph

Setting up Masks for Cinemagraphs




59 Minutes







Lets go over everything we are going cover in this course!

Quick Orientation

Why shoot DSLR Video anyways? Defining and discussing the 5 key factors which affect DSLR video shooting. Getting the filmic look with shallow depth of field. The use of filters to maximize your lens aperture

Indoor Cinemagraphs

Common camera settings for filming indoors. How to find the right repetitive motion for your cinemagraph. Turning your video file into a cinemagraph using Photoshop. How to color your video file inside of photoshop. Exporting your cinemagraph for the Web

Capturing Video without an ND

Shooting in the shade to keep your exposure under control with a wide open aperture. Learn the problems that overlapped motion cause. Examining the affect of aperture on your depth of field.

Reversing Video for a Cinemagraph

Creating a reversed video file for seamless cinemagraph looping.

Capturing an Outdoor Cinemagraph

How to shoot using a variable Neutral Density filter.

Nighttime Cinemagraphs

Using your aperture to expose your scene with the natural light from a candle. Creating a seamless loop in your main subject and its reflection

Overlapping Motion Practice

Five additional sample files to practice reverse cinemagraphs for seamless looping

Creating Cinemagraphs out of Existing Shots

Turning a timelapse of Paris into a seamless looping cinemagraph. Isolate traffic at nighttime and create a seamless cinemagraph.


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