The Mesmerizing Art of Cinemagraphs and How to Make Your Own

Feeling inspired? Here’s how to make a cinemagraph.

If you’re tech savvy, you’ll probably want to edit your image using professional software such as Photoshop. The entire process is kindly explained in this video by YouTuber Peter McKinnon. You’ll need a camera with a video feature, a tripod, and plenty of patience. Check out how it’s done below.

If you’re not quite ready to follow a fully professional approach, there’s plenty of other ways to make your own cinemagraphs. One option is a program called Plotagraph Pro. Developed by photographer and artist Troy Plota, the clever software takes any still image, animates it, and saves it as a looping GIF or video file.

Cinemagraph Art

A third option is to explore Flixel’s handy software tools. The Toronto-based start-up was founded in 2011 and created an app to make GIFs. Today, they’re best known for their sophisticated program, Cinemagraph Pro, a simplified process that “makes cinemagraph creation fun, fast, and easy.” The platform even has an active community of cinemagraph enthusiasts who share their creations online.

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My Modern Met granted permission to use media by Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg, Zack Dougherty, and Petra Švajger.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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