Cinemagraphs Bring Life to Photos on the Web

Harry Potter is not the only one who can bring magic to still images.

Merely a month ago, the term “Cinemagraphs” was coined and brought an entirely new type of game to the photo field.  Cinemagraphs are beautiful animated GIFs combining a still image, short video clip and technique to create photographs that appear to move in select areas of the frame.

Boston Photographer Steve Marsel's Animated Gifs - Cinemagraphs

Boston Photographer Steve Marsel’s Animated Gifs – Cinemagraphs

Originator, Jamie Beck says “we wanted to tell more of a story than a single frame photograph, but didn’t want the high maintenance aspect of a video…cinemagraphs were born out of a need to tell a story in a fast digital age.”  Much like the rest of the world that gawked at first site of these images, Steve and retoucher James Eves were impressed and immediately in pursuit of more.  The two paired up to create a series of .gifs that celebrate the upcoming Memorial Day holiday. The idea is simple—give people something they have never seen before, and show them that a photograph can tell a story in more ways than one especially with some Cinemagraphs!


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Guest Blogger Stacey Lamb

Guest Blogger Stacey Lamb


















Guest blogger Stacey Lamb is an undergraduate student in Communications and Studio Art at Florida State University.  The next six months should prove to be quite an adventure for her—following her internship with Steve she will be backpacking Europe and studying abroad in London in the fall.  Her passion for photography, fashion, travel and music strongly influence her adventures and life goals.



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20 Responses to “Cinemagraphs Bring Life to Photos on the Web”

  1. Thanks for this great piece!

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  4. Londa Lasso says:

    Hey, I really don’t think saying this on your post Cinemagraph – Cinemagraphs Bring Life to Photos on the Web Boston Assignment Photographer Steve Marsel Blog would be the right place but I couldn’t locate a contact page form in your theme (i’m sorry).

  5. John Avery says:

    Steve, really nice technique. A way to make emails a lot more interesting. I’d suggest just cycling the blinks a couple times and then stop. It’s strange that he keeps blinking. The flag works great as a continuous animation.

  6. cool you hit it 0n the dot will submit to digg

  7. Luke Kirk says:

    As soon as I detected this site I went on reddit to share some of the love with them.

  8. Hey Steve thanks for linking me to this work, very cool stuff!

  9. Everyone loves what you guys are usually up too. This kind of clever work and exposure! Keep up the very good works guys I’ve included you guys to blogroll.

  10. Excellent! Your article has a ton comments. How did you get so many viewers to view your blog I’m envious! I’m still studying all about posting information on the web. I’m going to look around on your website to get a better idea how to get more visable. Thanks!

  11. Bev says:

    Steve, thank you for commenting on my blog about the cinemagraph. Haven’t had a chance to check out the rest of your blog and other sites but will do so soon. This process is amazing. The flag’s motion is well done-spot on. I’m anxious to learn more and if possible attempt this myself. Again thank you for taking the time to comment.

  12. great post. i like it. continue the good work.

  13. It’s such a great site

  14. Wow, marvelous blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your website is fantastic, let alone the content!

  15. Samantha says:

    hi-ya, I like all your posts, keep them coming.

  16. This is a well written article, if perhaps all writers provided exactly the same worth of content as you, the web will be a far better place. Make sure you continue the good work!

  17. Great job on maintaining this website. Do you have an RSS feed I can subscribe with?

  18. Daryl Privette says:

    I believe this may be the first example of a Cinemagraph, although it wasn’t called that at the time:

  19. dep lam says:

    Terrific post however , I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this
    topic? I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a
    little bit more. Bless you!

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