I came across a cool program yesterday, Cinemagraph Pro. I watched the introductory video and set to work to have a go.
I needed to find a subject who was for one willing, and two, would work with video.
Easy peasy, I walked outside of the exercise I am currently covering in #Lithuania and found a Chef cooking rations on a small field set up.
I primed him, got him set up and shot the photo.
I then said ‘Stay still now mate while I just shoot the video’. 10 seconds later we are done.
Now to the edit. The photograph was lightly edited in #Lightroom and imported to CG Pro with the video.
15 minutes later I was complete with a quick edit done. Most of that time was spent on the import and blending the steam, as it doesn’t repeat itself, for a better overlap.
The result was pretty cool and gained some fair interaction on twitter. New followers = Result. I feel if you think outside of the box you can achieve something special here. I watched a tutorial of how to do it in photoshop and the tutorial was longer than 20 minutes.
Do cinemagraphs have a practical application for your audience? I would say yes, An striking image that moves would catch the eye more than the photo would. I have seen some great examples.
Google and have a look for yourself 🙂
I write this post as I fly by RAF Voyager A330, speeding towards British Airspace with an excitement I haven’t felt in a while. I long to see my family and to enjoy home comforts such as television and sitting on the couch.
The months ahead will be busy, but I will enjoy them nonetheless. It will be a chance to see faces from the tour of those people I spent time with in their FOBs and PBs as I took their photos and tried to capture the history of the men and women of The Black Rats.
I look forward to seeing the Units parade in their home towns as they are waved and cheered by their family, friends and well-wishers. The soldiers marching with their heads held high.
A new horizon approaches which I have visited before. Sometimes change, even back to that you know can be a good thing. I have big plans for the rest of the year and I hope you will continue to join me in my travels.
In just a few short weeks I shall take over as the photographer for Task Force Helmand. I am looking forward to the challenge of photographing some of the key stages of transition in the province and showing the control of security being handed over to Afghans.
I look forward to showing off what ‘The Black Rats’ of 4 Mechanized Brigade can do.