Double Your Photography Website Traffic in 12 Weeks

Your content will be up shortly. Please allow up to 5 seconds
Tips & Tricks

An Infographic On How To Make A Cinemagraph

By Hanssie on February 4th 2016

Cinemagraphs haven’t really caught on as fast as their big brother GIFs have. At least, I haven’t seen them in the mainstream or even very much in photography circles. But I’ve been fascinated with the cinemagraph ever since I featured some of Lindsay Adler’s wedding cinemagraphs, here.

For those of you who may not know what a cinemagraph is, it’s simply a still photograph with a subtle element of movement within it. Think of a GIF but much more artistic with a smaller portion of the image with actual movement. Cinemagraphs are strangely captivating, hypnotizing its viewers with just a small motion in a continuous loop. I can see so many different uses for a cinemagraph for marketing purposes. In the Instagram and Facebook world we live in where we are inundated with pictures, an image that will make someone stop and look again is invaluable. A cinemagraph is just another tool to help you tell the story in a more elegant way than a GIF. The image from a cinemagraph is beautiful as a standalone, but mesmerizing if done properly.

Here are two examples:


This wow-worthy technique looks like magic, but cinemagraphs aren’t that difficult to create. The following infographic from Katchup gives you some basic tips in seven steps to quickly make your own.


To see more detailed step-by-step instructions on how to make a cinemagraph and more examples of what you can do, check out Katchup’s post here.

This site contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links, however, this does not impact accuracy or integrity of our content.

Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

Please or register to post a comment.

  1. Sedric Beasley

    It looked like the leading tool made by Flixel for doing Cinemagraphs was only going to stay on the MAC platform. I was hopingfor a Windows version of this. I would have been doing this sooner. I have justified the need to get a MAC this year because of the lower cost of doing 4k on a IMAC all in one vs Windows so, I guess I can revisit Cinemagraphs then.

    | |
  2. Bill Bentley

    I’ve been wanting to make one of these for over a year now. NEED.TO.MAKE.TIME.

    | |
    • Hanssie

      Do it! Then show us :)

      | |
    • Bill Bentley

      I just might Hanssie :-) I got an idea for one on the way to work this morning. Just need to wait for the rain and clouds to go away now. :-(

      | |
  3. Jeff Ladrillono

    I’ve been having lot of fun lately making cinemagraphs around the city and posting them to my Instagram acccount. Its a nice change of pace from shooting still photos.


    | |
    • Hanssie

      Love the police car one! Your images all have a lot of movement, even the still ones, so cinemagraphs definitely makes sense for you!

      | |
    • Jeff Ladrillono

      Thanks Hanssie. It’s all been a fun experiment and a bit of trial & error just figuring out how my shutter speed affects the quality of the light streaks.

      I think I figured a lot out recently and will be using this technique for a shoot i’m prepping for now. Possibly turning them into cinemagraphs as well.

      | |
  4. Michael Henson

    This is so cool! I can definitely see how this could be used effectively for marketing and for setting oneself apart as a photographer! The two images you used are my favorite examples of this technique so far.

    | |
    • Hanssie

      Did you see Lindsay Adler’s wedding portraits using the technique? I LOVE LOVE LOVE those, too!

      | |
    • Michael Henson

      I have! They are intriguing and were the first place I’d heard of cinemagraphs. It wasn’t until seeing those above that the concept clicked a bit more.

      | |