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 🙂
Moving On Again
Well we packed up and moved to Gloucester. I am newly promoted to Sergeant, which means new responsibilities in a new post. I am now settled into the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps Headquarters who are based in Gloucester.
It’s a change in pace for me after being part of the Army Media Operations chain for so long, but I welcome it, in fact I look forward to it. My new post has some great video equipment. I haven’t done video since my stint on the Combat Camera Team back in 2009 so I am eager to begin getting the old shooting and editing head on to see what I can come up with.
We also have our own studio for shooting military portraits but I would love to increase my knowledge of studio lighting. The studio also has a light tent for product photography which I also intend to have a play with.
All in all its been a good move so far…
Please have a look at the HQ ARRC links below: