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DSLR Video: Cinemagraphs

A Quickstart to Cinemagraphs
This course is a quickstart to professional video capture using your DSLR camera and creating high quality photographic animations or as they are now being called "cinemagraphs".

This 1 hour course is designed to rapidly get you up and shooting great video on your DSLR camera and includes 32 sample files to help walk you through step-by-step the entire process of creating cinemagraphs.

Details & Requirements

Length: 0 Hours 59 Minutes

Experience Level: Beginner

Tags: Specialties Workflow

Required Software: Photoshop

Read these instructions to get started with the course: Read Me 1st on Training

Read these instructions for help on installing presets: Read Me 1st on Presets

Cupcake Cinemagraph

Eiffel Tower Cinemagraph

San Francisco Cinemagraph

Dripping Water Cinemagraph

Dripping Water Cinemagraph

Setting up Masks for Cinemagraphs


1m 17s

Lesson 1: Introduction

Lets go over everything we are going cover in this course!

10m 49s

Lesson 2: Quick Orientation

Why shoot DSLR Video anyways? Defining and discussing the 5 key factors which affect DSLR video shooting. Getting the filmic look with shallow depth of field. The use of filters to maximize your lens aperture

16m 54s

Lesson 3: Indoor Cinemagraphs

Common camera settings for filming indoors. How to find the right repetitive motion for your cinemagraph. Turning your video file into a cinemagraph using Photoshop. How to color your video file inside of photoshop. Exporting your cinemagraph for the Web

9m 21s

Lesson 4: Capturing Video without an ND

Shooting in the shade to keep your exposure under control with a wide open aperture. Learn the problems that overlapped motion cause. Examining the affect of aperture on your depth of field.

5m 1s

Lesson 5: Reversing Video for a Cinemagraph

Creating a reversed video file for seamless cinemagraph looping.

4m 22s

Lesson 6: Capturing an Outdoor Cinemagraph

How to shoot using a variable Neutral Density filter.

6m 4s

Lesson 7: Nighttime Cinemagraphs

Using your aperture to expose your scene with the natural light from a candle. Creating a seamless loop in your main subject and its reflection

1m 50s

Lesson 8: Overlapping Motion Practice

Five additional sample files to practice reverse cinemagraphs for seamless looping

3m 40s

Lesson 9: Creating Cinemagraphs out of Existing Shots

Turning a timelapse of Paris into a seamless looping cinemagraph. Isolate traffic at nighttime and create a seamless cinemagraph.

Source Files

Contains source footage for cinemagraphs, layered photoshop files, gifs and everything else you need to follow along and create your own cinemagraphs

iPad Videos

Contains all lessons as iPad compatible videos

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