For our newest module we have to create an animated GIF for our professional profiles. As well as being able to put it on our website, blogs and social media, it also allows us to grow in knowledge and skills, learning new techniques that we might not have known of before.
For example, I personally have created a simple GIF before which is present on my website, (see it here) but it has been nothing more than stacking the images in Photoshop and exporting it in a loop. This time around I want to be able to create something that has slightly more skill involved.
I have been tooing and frowing about what course to go down whether to play it safe with what I know technically and to create great content or to use a new technique that I have never seen before let alone tried and maybe not concentrate on the content as much as the technique.
The technique that I am thinking of trying is called a ‘cinemagraph’, a technique that has been created by Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg, a duo that base them selves in the fashion industry.
As you can see from the GIF above, a Cinemagraph is a moving image where only part of that image is moving. This particular example is very subtle, with only the right hand moving with an occasional blink. This is created by taking film and creating one still from the frames and then create a mask where the moving image will show through the still image.
This technique I have never used before but gives me the effect that I want to create in my own work; subtle,, but powerful, movement.
Romain Laurent also uses this technique with his GIFs. Here are a few of my personal favourites below
These particular set of images caught my eye due to the humour and high production values. Although they are GIFs the quality of the images are high, with crisp sharp focus and rich colours.
The humour aspect in these images is something that I would like to carry through into my own work.
Beck, J. and Burg, K. (2011) Fashion. Available at: http://cinemagraphs.com/fashion/ (Accessed: 12 May 2016).
Laurent, R. (no date) Gif. Available at: http://www.romain-laurent.com/gif-2/ (Accessed: 12 May 2016).