Incredibly Easy Cinemagraphs

Incredibly Easy Cinemagraphs

How to Create a Cinemagraph A cinemagraph is a hypnotic, innovating and mesmerising piece of art that seamlessly combines a still image with a looped video by clever use of masking layers. Cinemagraphs are ultimately still a photograph but with small areas that are replaced by a matching video clip. When blended correctly, they create a pattern of repeated motion within the photograph to give the effect of an action stuck in an eternal loop. Creating one of these never-ending clips is fairly straightforward but it does require a little bit of planning and thought. Therefore, there are certain compositions and structures that you will need to adhere to. Plan Your Cinemagraph To begin with, you will need to start off with a short video clip to form the base of the action in the cinemagraph. Although this may sound easy enough, as you can see from the example on the left-hand side, the action needs to be subtle and repeatable. Fast, erratic action will be inconsistent and tricky to loop. We would recommend avoiding busy surroundings behind the subject since it’s going to be difficult to mask out afterwards. Working in a controlled environment is best – which is why this is such a great technique to try at home! Here are a few ideas we’ve put together to inspire your cinemagraph; Stirring a spoon in a cup of coffee Ferris Wheel spinning Waving Pouring water in a glass Candle burning A dripping tap Blinking Eyes Throwing a Yo-Yo Tapping a keyboard Top Tip – Try to avoid making blowing hair as your moving feature. Hair is so...
Online Course v College Degree

Online Course v College Degree

Online Course v College Are formal educations ‘soooo last year’? While sitting down writing a new blog for iPhotography we pondered, ‘What’s the best; an Online Course v College Degree?’ With all this content we produce, we’ve never stopped to think (until now) how much you learn through online courses in comparison to a ‘formal education’. Let’s find out in an Online Course v College Degree comparison… To find out the answer to this hypothesis then we need some evidence to form our findings. Just like in science class, we need to do some heavy researching, complicated mathematics and launch a probe into space…only joking – we’re no good at maths. So instead we’ll look at some of the best photography courses at esteemed universities and colleges across the world. Online Course v College: Who are the Challengers? Spending some time researching, we have subsequently managed to narrow down our challengers. Namely, Falmouth University in the UK, the University of Southern California in the USA and the Griffith University in Australia. They are all formal establishments that host highly respected photography courses and have searchable curriculums for us to compare against. In addition to course curriculums, we will also look at some of the attending fees, because it’s not only what you learn but also how much that will cost you in the long run. In brief, these figures will be as accurate as possible at the time of publication (providing the school’s figures are up to date), but we will embed links to sources we use just to be fair. Let’s start the experiment… Online Course v College Curriculum  ...