Tech Tuesday :: Animated Photos

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I'd like to introduce you to the Honda Prius of iPhoneography, a hybrid---part photo, part video.

Meet Cinemagram and Kinotopic, both cinemagraph apps. Use them to create a specific and repetitive animation sequence in a photo. Film travel scenes like the Bellagio's dancing fountains, a hippo rolling around in mud or a flamenco dancer flaunting her moves.

Honestly, I'm not sure how I feel about animated photos. They harken back to the web's early, razzle-dazzle ad banner days, and today's flashing twitter handles.

Are present-day photos with animated features a hit or miss? I guess that depends on the videographer, on the photo, on the moment captured. The jury's out, you decide.

How it works
  • Download the free apps, currently only available for Apple products.
    • Cinemagram - 5 filters, share to fb, twitter & tumblr.
    • Kinotopic - 12 filters, share to fb, twitter, tumblr, email, ability to make photos private. Nice interface.
  • Capture a 3 - 4-second video or use a sequence from one of your old vids.
  • Specify the animation area.
  • Publish.

Example Cinemagraph Created by thekcrussell with

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[photos via cinemagram] {Hat Tip}