with Erik Kuna
Learn how to animate your photographs without shooting video! Join Erik Kuna for an in-depth look at Plotagraph Pro software to explore the possibilities for adding motion to a sti... READ MORE
lessons: 14 Course Lessons
duration: 1hr, 29min
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Cinemagraphs for Photographers: Animate your Photos without Learning to Shoot Video
with Erik Kuna
Learn how to animate your photographs without shooting video! Join Erik Kuna for an in-depth look at Plotagraph Pro software to explore the possibilities for adding motion to a still photograph that really grabs the viewer’s attention. Cinemagraphs bridge the gap between still photographs and video and provide a unique method for bringing your photos to life. In this class Erik takes you through the installation and setup of Plotagraph on the desktop and on the iPad, then walks you through a series of demonstrations to show you how to animate water, clouds, smoke, fire, hair, clothing, and more! Erik wraps up the class with a look at key export settings for sharing your animations with the world, and ideas for how to take your cinemagraphs to the next level. BUY COURSE
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lesson 1: Introduction (free course preview)
Erik introduces the class and discusses what will be covered in the lessons that follow.
lesson 2: Types of Photos that Work
Learn what types of photos lend themselves well to being animated as a cinemagraph.
lesson 3: Getting Set up with Plotagraph
Erik takes you through the steps of downloading, installing, and getting set up with Plotagraph software.
lesson 4: Make Your First Plotagraph
Erik demonstrates the workflow for creating your first plotagraph.
lesson 5: On the Desktop: Animating Clouds and Water
Learn the steps for animating the clouds and water in a single photo.
lesson 6: On the iPad: Animating Hair
Moving to the iPad, Erik demonstrates how to animate the hair in a portrait.
lesson 7: On the Desktop: Animating Landscapes
Switching back to the desktop app, Erik walks through the process of animating landscape photos.
lesson 8: On the Desktop: Animating Clothing
Learn what’s possible with portrait and wedding photos when it comes to animating clothing.
lesson 9: On the iPad: Animating Sports Photos
Learn what’s possible with aspects of sports photos that can be animated.
lesson 10: On the Desktop: Animating Travel Photos
Moving through more examples to see what is possible with travel photos.
lesson 11: On the iPhone: Animating Existing Photo
While you don’t have as much precision as you do on a larger screen, you can create cinemagraphs on your phone too.
lesson 12: On the iPad: Animating a Rocket Launch
The mix of fire and water creates a dynamic opportunity for creating a cinemagraph.
lesson 13: Export Settings
Now that you know how to create them, you need to learn how to share them with the world.
lesson 14: Next Level Steps
Learn the next steps to move forward with your cinemagraph creation.
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meet  Erik Kuna
Erik is the Vice President of Operations for KelbyOne, and a passionate rocket launch photographer. His goal is to create images that help educate people about the space industry, and inspire them to learn more about the beauty of space exploration. His passion was ignited in 2015 by seeing the SpaceX Falcon 9 booster land successfully. He felt like from that moment, he had to be part of documenting and capturing the beauty and inspiration of spaceflight and has never looked back. He has recently pushed his work farther by working with Plotaverse to heighten his images with motion.
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