Hello lovely you! In a small change to this weeks planned update on editing white balance, I am popping in with a tutorial on creating a cinemagraph. So many people asked me how I created the post below and if I could share it here, so that is exactly what I am doing! White balance to follow next week…
I was first inspired to look at creating a cinemagraph when Sara of Me & Orla started playing with them, a couple of years ago actually. Just look at #cinemagraph and you will find thousands of examples. And in the meantime I have made many, some of which are on my Instagram gallery. But cinemagraphs have been around a lot longer than this. I would guess that their rise in popularity recently is linked to the ease of editing, like many editing skills, creating a cinemagraph is now a possibility for anyone who would like to try and not just those with access to professional editing software. Actually the origins of the cinemagraph are decades old. I found this article about their history really interesting if you’d like to read more too.
January is proving to be my blog catch-up month. It’s been so much fun to update it and begin to write again, this editing series I am picking back up after too long a gap. I posted an editing story of this beautiful red tree to my Instagram account late last year and I asked whether you would like to see the complete editing workflow. The overwhelming response was ‘yes’ so, a few weeks later, here it is!
I took and edited this image on my iPhone. I used 2 apps, and I will share the step by step how to below. I actually put all my iPhone images through photo editing apps, they do a perfect job and using the full editing suite on my computer seems like overkill for images I rarely use beyond Instagram’s tiny format!
I am just popping in to share with you a clever tool to see the colour palette of your Instagram gallery. Created by Stef, one half of the team at Makelight, you can generate a wheel of colour extracted from your gallery a little like the images below. With a dedicated Year of Colour website, I really recommend you have a go.
Aside from being such good fun, this is a great way to see how you photographs feel to anyone visiting your gallery. Whether they represent your brand (even if you aren’t a business, it’s fascinating to see how you represent yourself with colour) and perhaps if there is a new colour path you’d like to walk.
A little while ago I asked, via my instagram stories, whether you would be interested in posts on editing. And with a reply of almost 100% yes, here is the first of those posts with a few tips for editing tricky light.
I’m going to use a couple of photographs with different light issues, hopefully they will give you a place to start with fixing shadows and/or over exposure. As always, all images can be viewed full screen by clicking on them.