Learn Tips and Tricks for Shooting Cinemagraphs
Hey are going to start off this segment with the magic of cinema grass senator grafts are awesome if you don't know what they are they're little basically moving pictures and it's really exciting really fun to do so we're going to actually shoot a little bit and then we're gonna learn how to do it in post so take it away yeah thank you so this is uh it's going really great class we've got a ton to pack in in ninety minutes and I'm you know I never tried to do anything like this in ninety minutes before so your guys is you know your expectations were here and let's let's hope to get him about here so we'll see how this goes it's going to be it's going to a lot of fun though so the first section of this class we're going to be actually shooting video today so the magic is sitting we're off basically involves shooting video we're going to using a digital slr we have a cannon five d mark three so we're going to be doing the deal right here in this set so that will take about forty minutes ...
of the segment to kind of figure out what what needs to get done and I'm going to talk over a lot of like really important things that you need to keep in mind when you're going to be creating a cinema graph and then we're gonna take those video is basically straight out of the camera I'm gonna load him up on my laptop you're going to see everything live in real time I haven't done this before so there was no other option and then we'll actually create this in mcgruff in photo shop so it's going to really cool we've got like a little power point here to kind of start off get you guys you know the idea of what's kind of going on and kind of explain a little bit behind this in my graph we're gonna show you a cinema graph it I did about a year ago so um cinema graphs they gap they bridge the gap between photo in video thie ideas a small part of the image is animated show movement and dimension in an image and is it written really become popular recently starting about two thousand eight two thousand nine when you started seeing the first cinema graphs online and they kind of started picking up speed and now everyone knows the terms intergraph there's even a really cool app that you can get like for your ipad that will help you out creating a senator thiss photoshopped week so we're going to be doing everything in photo shop and today we're going to show you how to capture video with the digital slr and then turn turn it into a cinema graph so this is something that you guys can use basically it really will open you up creatively clients love these things people love staring at these type of images so using a cinema graph like the techniques and things like that were going over today we're going to be shooting this subject in the studio but you can use these same techniques to create just about uneven you can think of this is an example of a simple graph that I photographed a couple of years ago and it right now it's just a still image but the end output is actually an animated gif or jeff so I'm gonna hit play on that and there you can see that's the idea you want part of your image to stay still and the other part is going to be moving so really really cool effect now what makes the central gulf work? There are a couple of key things that you want to keep in mind first you want to have basically in action that's infinitely repeatable you want something that's going to like play really well in the loop because these air going to go on gifts on the internet and the you know you really want your file size to be pretty small there so you don't want to be creating these huge like you know this movie is not it's not an hour long it's like three seconds long itjust loops over and over and over again so you really want to create a movement that is going to look good looping over and over again so a very simple movement is usually going to be the best in this case the bubbles keep coming out right that's they don't get shoved back in they don't start from no place you know basically all we have is video from bubbles going right to the left and then it ends and then it's the same video over and over and over again and because it's the same video you compress it down to a really small file that's basically a gift you can upload that to the internet internet explorer please introduce for anyway using it they only work on internet explorer that's the trick yeah safari chrome all these web browsers they're going to display gifts you guys have all seen them you know you click and funny names and things like that so they'll display them natively and you don't have to hit play and things like that so you can use these on your portfolio sites is well the really draw people in to your images so yeah we're going to be creating one of these today it's going to be it's going to be great so we've got here the things we're going to be going over uh you wanna learn the tips and tricks for actually shooting a cinema graph we're going to shoot it here in class we're gonna go over common animation techniques in photo shop we're gonna show you guys how to mask layers and keep the movement of your image down to one specific part of the image. Like how do you make most of the image frozen in just a little bit of movement? We're going to show you that today on then we're going to show you how to export and upload your cinema graphs online, so we're gonna go all the way from the beginning through the entire process. All right, so the first part of this segment is our photo shoot. Yeah, we have the wonderful kanzi here. Everyone give her a hand. So let's, talk about some of the ideas. You're good let's. Talk about some of the ideas behind what we actually wanted to do to create this image. We need a movement that's going to repeat that's the most important thing. So I did like what? I'm starting any project like this. I just typed in google cinema graph and asked a couple friends if they had seen anyone who you know did good examples. And I just did like an hour two of research looking at every single cinema graph I could find picking out the ones that I actually liked and then seeing what they all had in common, they all seem to have really nice, interesting light in common because at the end of the day, it's a picture right it you still wanted to be a good photograph so if you're taking you know a picture of something that's completely boring and something happens to move in there then congratulations you get a boring cinema graph of so you still want to compose it like a really nice picture we are going to be showing shooting video today so that's why we've got constant lights were going to be shooting with these led light panels here instead of using something like strobes the light panels are really great because we can turn these on there we go and we see instant light on our subject now this is great for two reasons. First you see exactly what you're going to get like a strobe things like that where you're not sure what it's gonna look like until after you take the picture this is easy I everyone conceived that's what the light looks like and if I want to move the light I can see that in real time as well which helps me out a ton now we do have a couple of modifiers on these led light panels they are natively daylight balanced which is a little bit more of a like a blue temperature so I wanted to warm it up because we want this image to have like a nice warm almost like a, uh like a warm summer day type of field and so we used cto gels, its color temperature orange shells that are actually pasted onto the front. Let me turn this guy off, so maybe a camera can zoom didn't actually see, but there are just color gels right here on the front of these light panels. So if you ever if you're using a light and it's, you know, kind of coming out of a weird color, you can use the gentle to kind of change the color of it and that's going to make it a lot a lot better for an application like this. So they both have gels, and then this on the side is called sin. If oil, which is basically it's, it's like aluminum foil, it'll just stay where you put it and it's matte black as well. So if you don't have something like a grid or born george's, something to direct your life, this is great. You can just kind of tape it on here. The reason we have these the scent if oil is because we want to direct our light all right, onto our subject. Without this, the light would kind of spill out in all directions, and it would hit our background, we really want to make sure that our subject is like, visually standing out for the background, so we want a lot of light on her, but the background we want to go a little bit darker and that's going to help separate the two out visually. All right, let's, turn this back on. Here we go. So that's, part one that's actually like creating the image and, you know, getting everything said we've got a beautiful wardrobe here. This is it's your own hat, right? Yeah, good it's. Perfect. Yeah. So we've got wardrobe that's going to fit the shot, and then the next step was trying to figure out a movement that would repeat, you know, like what's something that someone could repeat over and over again. And there are plenty of there, plenty of ideas online, so if you're trying to think of, like, what? What could I do? Check out online? Or you could just copy exactly what we do today in class. So we're we've got a small bouquet of flowers that mccain it's going to be holding here. There we go. We've got a small bouquet of flowers, and basically we're going to be using a fan like, right off set to put some movement this is that's just not doing anything at all his it, um there we go, yeah, so we've got some movement in the flowers and some with her hair as well here. So that's a movement where if her hands stay pretty much in the same place, we should see a little bit of movement there with the flowers and with her hair as well. So that's the whole idea you want, you know, something like this it's going it's going to move a little bit with the wind and then it's going to pretty much just go right back to the same place, so if we film it correctly, we should see that loop over and over and over again and she the end goal and obviously we haven't done this for, so I have no idea it will work through the end goal is to have, you know, basically a still photo with a little bit of movement in the flowers and then probably some movement of your hair as well. So that's our first try, we're going to see how that goes the second one he's going to be a really simple it's going to be a little bit more of, like a candid style photo, and we're just gonna have you basically have your eyes closed looking towards the camera and then yep, just like that close and then really quickly open the eye and then exactly three uh yeah, I think yeah, um so we'll have your eyes closed and then we'll have you open and I gently, gently and then close it again and that's something we can lupas well, so when you look at the end photo, it'll be, you know, someone's just sitting there with the closed eye for three seconds or so, then the I'll open look atyou and then closed again, which should be really cool because for the first few seconds you you probably won't be able to tell them it's a cinema graph, you'll probably just look at it as a photo of me like that's a nice photo like that, right? So that's the idea you want a movement that's relatively simple because we're going to be masking this out in photo shop, so you don't if she was standing here and she was moving right to left and you know, you wouldn't be able to easily mask that out in photo shop, you need a movement that's going to be very, very simple. So that's, why we just have one eye open and close and some flowers blowing it's easy to repeatable and it's simple, so we're going, we're going to jump into it, we got a lot to do and I'm excited about I'm excited about this because it's uh I know the end product is going to turn out amazing so we've got two lights on here I'm shooting with the cannon five d mark three here and we are going to be shooting in video mode so we can already see on the back of our lcd students can you guys see the back of the lcd which is perfect and that's where I really love using these led light panels because I can see exactly what what I get so I know if I need a little bit more light on the flowers or if I need to you know bring them up and how they're gonna interact with light I can see it all happening in real time which is great all right so we're gonna have your let's move the flowers up just a little bit there we go okay so my main goal right now is to try to get as much light as I possibly can onto these flowers so they could draw that attention and when we actually do build in movement into the photo they're going to they were going to really light up so I'm gonna turn crank that power all the way to full we're just going to move this in just a little bit and really focus it and can you can everyone see the fall off here oh you're being blinded way get a flag right here to keep them from being blinded all right? How that well ok this is where we go in the frame yeah this one out the whole lights in the flank frame oh there we go man this is really nice you guys are like regular photo shoots normally I don't walk back there and check it and moving again all right you should bring an audience with you everywhere you just everywhere just one of my entourage this's my posse so we're basically here working on fall off we should probably this out I thought it was gonna do something cooler than it did uh so we're working on fall off you can see here we're highlighting the flowers and then here we're highlighting more more of her face so the goal here is basically to highlight and get a little bit of fall off on the face so looking at this image and I don't know if the camera can can view in but everything is looking really great except for it's a little bit dark right here in front of our subject so the reason it's dark is because this light is not hitting that wall right there so I haven't done this ever but I feel like it I'm just going to cut a hole here and kind of pulled it back and hope that this allows some of the light that's inside of here to kind of hit the back wall so the whole reason why this why this foil is here let's keep the light from hitting the wall but it's done a little bit too good of a job all right so we're just gonna cut all right I'm doing my best to not cut my fingers um here we go it's a little bit more like ok perfect did that make any difference at all falls off very quickly some some difference hole in the back closer in the back like oh waken do that you know what we could probably we could probably yeah open it up a little bit and move it over a swell all right let's check that out too you could be his pick is you want here all right there we go so I'm going to use my zoom key to check my focus get an idea of what the rest of my shot looks like make sure that my flowers are in focus and they're being lit understanding off the background pretty well and yeah I think everything looks great with video the one thing that I've really suggest is getting your white balance right in video white balance is really easy to change with a photo during camera raw in video it tends to be a little bit harder so I'm going to go up here to my white balance and I've got it set on k which is a custom value and I can actually change my color temperature to make it a little bit warmer or a little bit cooler so we're going to go up here right to about five, fifty one hundred you know there we go let's go to fifty five hundred that's going to really make a nice warm image all right great we bring the flowers out just a little bit more in this direction beautiful all right so we're kind of filling in the black space here all right and have you looked kind of like down into the bouquet all right face back this way a little bit more right yeah I'm gonna pull your hair back just a little bit all right beautiful all right let's do this so basically what I want tio in video mode already my settings I'm just going to click the info button on my camera right now we're shooting it I so two hundred at five point six and I want to shoot at I'd actually like to be shooting it won over sixty eighth of a second so I'm gonna change my settings just a little bit to get there all right so we're shooting it now what I saw two hundred sixteenth of a second at four point five so we're gonna go ahead and hit the record and then yeah let's go in with the with movement and we want to do just very there we go all right and let's wait like thirty seconds there's something between him there we go yep let's try to get harder all right and we could stop beautiful that's two one more take we're just gonna hit stop on the on the video you okay don't pick all right beautiful all right let's try one more take hands a little bit higher for me a little bit more so I could get just a little bit more I'd like to see your hands in the frame weaken sorry you can like yep yep yep higher just a little bit more all right closer to body there we go and look up with your eyes a little more so I could see the cherry go beautiful beautiful all right let's go for it beautiful beautiful and we'll do one more with you kind of looking back towards the camera so I can see right there we go way plans of the shot just going it just going how do you capture that emotion she's robbing thing a single tear okay we're good beautiful don't stop there. All right let's try it one more time beautiful all right and let's stop there that's gorgeous awesome job. All right, so you guys can see that was actually pretty simple basically what we're looking for is a little bit of movement and my favorite part of this was your hair was like it was it was perfect you're going to see this end result and it's it's going to blow you away um it's so going on my dating profile wade got everything we wanted to get accomplished there now I don't want to move you know my lights and things like that I want to make sure that I take this in the footage here and I take a look at it on the computer just to make that everything make sure everything is okay you know, I'm used to shooting a lot of photo but video is a little bit different sometimes things with that you can be a harder to fix like if you do miss your focus and earlier we said white balance so I'm gonna have that every time I you know, say cut I think I've got what I want I usually tell my model of my subject whoever it is let's take like a five minute break I'm going to load the footage onto the computer make sure we're good just to make sure we got the shot and then if we need to we can come back with the exact same set up and re do anything but if we don't we're gonna move on to the next setup. So this was our first set up and then we've got the second one right after I load the footage you don't mind, I'd love to ask a couple questions yes, of course they'd be perfect let's start off with one from cayenne and three other people also want to know this question if aaron is shooting in a shutter speed of sixty, does that mean he's doing thirty frames per second using the one eighty rule? Can you explain just a little bit about your video settings yeah to answer that question shortly I don't know e I am a photographer looking this up basically was instructed that sixty frames per second was a great way to go for video way should a lot of video for flirt and we have a professional videographer who handles it mostly and we should have sixty frames a second so, um I think so but I am not the person to ask when it comes when it comes to that we'll actually that makes it really simple because a lot of people are not a lot of people but a couple who were asking like, can you use any video recorder or camera? So the answer it seems like it is the video isn't like it doesn't have to be perfect. Yeah, you can use your iphone for this as long as the iphone stays in the same place and everything you know your lighting is right and your subject is in the same place things like that yeah, the iphone would totally work for this, you know this is it's overkill to use a beautiful camera like this it's going to be a beautiful final shot, but yeah, yeah, you know ifyou're if your videos coming out of camera, I would suggest you know, with your shutter speed don't go too slow sometimes if you go slower than thirtieth of a second it's not going toe the frame rate isn't going to be there to actually animate well, but yeah, I find that sixty frames a second works really well well and then there's a great question also from richard rozario photography in a couple of people can you just take a bunch of images instead of recording video? Okay, just high shutter burst and take a much does that work? Well, that's a really great question so when you think about video we're at one of her sixteenth of a second, right? So we're taking basically sixty frames in a second and when you're shooting with a still camera like this cannon five d mark three I think it shoots like eight friends for a second, so technically yes, if you were to just hold the camera down and sure shooting burst mode, you'd get that, but the movement wouldn't be fluid it would be her hair will be like, you know, it wouldn't have that natural fluidity because you're not capturing that many frames so would work, but your end result would be it would be a lot more like a you know, a stop frame and emotion from like the seventies or something like that which could be fun which could be really cool yeah could be really weird. Do you have any questions in here before we keep going gavel mormon I'm not real familiar with a lot of video but can you actually tell their video or is it just photos that could be tethered toe lush good question a cz faras I know well we should video and then we just pop it into the way just pop it into the card reader on the computer to review after I think you probably could tell their video I think it's more common to tell their photo um but yeah that's a that's a really good question if anyone knows the answer that right there do you ever do sound to your cinema graphs? Oh, good question well, sound is really great I generally won't do recording of sounds live generally that's something you can put afterwards into a video. We do a lot of sound mixing on my company and we have thankfully we have a full time video editing staff that they're absolutely fabulous there actually a lot of web sites out there where you can download like sound bites like the sound of wind blowing things like that over top of this, if I were to do any sound, I would probably do like nice peaceful music you know we don't need that maybe you could record a little bit of this, you know? I wouldn't recommend using the sound just straight out of a digital slr it's not that great but you can pick up small sound reporters for relatively inexpensively so you have recording like a rustling here for everyone at home recording is sound like that and playing it over yeah, that would be really cool if you were going to be putting it in a video however the gif format that you're gonna be a loading online I don't believe they support sound I believe that's only going to be video so if this were going to be destined toe you know an actual video that would go on youtube sound would be great for the cinema graph I would say yeah don't even sound cool let's go on cool let's do it so right now I'm just gonna look we can take a five minute break some um I'm gonna just slowed my card onto the computer and we're going to take a look at our footage here um and I'm going to cross my fingers that there's nothing else weird or dirty on this card because I don't think I formatted it s o there we go let's go to our files here five d mark three and there we go so here we convey you if I just hit the space bar here we can view directly that's gorgeous. The wonderful thing I love about editing cinema graphs in photo shop is thatyou khun do everything that you would normally do to a still photo in photo shop. I can color tone this I can add curves I can add levels I could make this black and white aiken had noise I can add drain all everything that I could do in photo shop to an image is available to me because we are going to be wind of editing this image in photo shop. All right, that looks right. You know what? I'm just gonna make sure to open that up with a quick time player to view our just to make sure everything is in focus. That's beautiful. All right, we'll do. You one more. All right. I really love that. The light in the eye right there. Can anyone see that theo dip of the hat? Yeah. That's a beautiful detail. There we go. So here we're starting. And then we'll have a little bit of wind. Gorgeous. We've got what we need, guys. We've got what we need. That's. Awesome. All right, so this step, although, you know, it may seem like um uh it may seem like a unnecessary break in the photo shoot I find it to be very very helpful because if not I was going to move these lights you know you break everything down he'd look at your footage the next day and be like oh my god we totally missed what we needed we need to go said everything up again so breaking in the middle of photo shoot it gives you know it gives my mind a little bit of break gets our subject timeto reflect and you know see what see what they were doing as well during a photo shoot all often called the subject over and you know have them look at their posing and things like that as well so I really recommend taking taking that time and actually loading the images on the computer so we're going to keep going we've got one more video to create and this is going to be the eyes opening and closing video so we're just gonna load the same memory card in and this time we're going to change the lighting just a little bit that's beautiful yeah that's beautiful just like that ok, so here what I want to do this is going to be a little bit more of an intimate portrait so we're just going to raise this tripod up just a little bit um here we are we're going to zoom in a little bit more as well now you can crop these however you'd like you can have these be portrait landscape, my portrait mode or landscape mode I prefer most of the time when I'm uploading something on online to be in landscape mode I find that they just display a little bit better because you know computer screens are wider than they are toll so you're you know you don't want half your cinema grafted to be out of the frame when someone's scrolling through so I think this looks right now the only things I'm seeing on this image that I do want change actually the lighting looks really great as is I'm gonna lower down the power of our backlight this rim light a little bit because it's overpowering our front like so we're going to lower that power down and then raise the power of our front light, which is going to call more attention on our subject and then because we are gonna be doing a eye opening and closing, what I'm going to try to do is imitate like rembrandt lighting to really just highlight one eye so if we can get the lighting perfect where she opens rye and you see that little bit of reflection in the eye that's going to be really setting so we're going to try it it's ah here we go it's going to be a little bit of a trial and error type of thing all right, here we go so we're just adjusting the lights and you can see I'm just doing this on my own really simple to do just taking a few a few seconds here all right? And then we have our main light we're gonna bring this out from the side no this's lighting that's going to be a little bit more dramatic way go notice how I'm not lighting my subjects so much from the front it's it's a little bit more dramatic fully light her from the sides all right, we're gonna have you look just a little bit more towards about law I'm a little bit more back at me. Yeah, sorry yeah come back a little bit more beautiful. All right, so I do want to highlight your eye so I'm going to bring this forward just a little bit they get it? No. Gorgeous gorgeous. All right, can I see what it looks like if we pull this, you can see now. All right, look down in that way for me. Um chin up just a little bit more down a little bit more, okay? And then I was kind of straight out in a natural direction. All right, now we're gonna have to close your eyes all right and then opening all right, I was look back towards me, please chin back towards musical yeah okay, I'm going to zoom in a little bit more we're going to make this a little bit more intimate here and then we're gonna adjust our lighting a swell to go along with it all right? Now if you do zoom or you change your tripod you know where your tripod is or anything like that make sure you actually want to re focusing your image or you're going to you're going to wind up capturing video that's out of focus so right now I'm in manual focus and I'm just adjusting my focus ring and I'm nice and zoomed into my image so I can actually see what I'm doing here way go you bring us actually you know what I think let's bring your hair back yeah, it was yeah yeah covering the I think would actually wait go beautiful so we really just want to draw attention to that one I have possible oh that's that's really gorgeous? Actually, um yeah, that looks great. I do so we're very close. This is already looking beautiful. I want a little bit more light right here to kind of separate our subject out from the background of the image so what we're going to do is just angle this down there we go and I'm going to raise the intensity of it and then we're going to raise the height as well that working those guys in front row it is all right I love having you guys here that's gorgeous all right I'm gonna check focus one more time so we're going to zoom in all right it looks like we're good here all right let's go ahead and record the video so we're gonna have you close your eyes chin down just a little bit more all right and slowly open it and look right into the camera in close to you all right let's do it one more time go ahead and open and close again okay this time have you open and close it on your own and we can go relatively quick just like open and then close again one more time perfect we're gonna stop this I'm gonna change the lighting just a little bit all right, so you guys can see this is relatively simple it's nothing that's you know you can see everything you're doing and all the steps along the way makes sense right that's like take some video do repeating action and we're going to put it in photo shop beautiful jen this way just a little bit more okay and I was back that way a little bit more to there we go all right and we're gonna hit report here all right go ahead and close and then opening and opening all right this time what we're gonna have to do is we're gonna have you just exactly how you were I was great. We have the open your eye I'm gonna have you look towards the camera with just try keeping your face too just drive towards the camera and then looked back and then close again alright and whenever you're ready um that was awesome and creepy let's do a little more time did creeped out watching that's. All right, all right. Good. We're going with it. I'm gonna get all right. Let's do one more in this time. Same thing except let's close let's, open your eyes have you look at the camera and then close your eyes again, okay? And whenever you're ready, that's awesome. Beautiful. All right, I think we got it way champion. All right, so let's, check out our footage and, uh, and see what we've got we're going to do this and same thing is last time if everything works out, our focus is right, the lighting looks good, we're going to continue going. If not, we're we always have the option to just start shooting again so you can see relatively simple there. I just want to make sure we're getting all the footage we need. All right, careful, it's a little bit on the dark side, but we can always lighten it up in photo shop if we need to all right, now I don't know if you guys can see here, but we do have there's just a little a little bit of you know what? When her eyes close it's kind of moving a little bit because everyone see that we can actually mask that out. We can isolate just the movement of her eye opening and closing if we need to so we don't have to see that you know, the entire cinema graph it could just be the animation of the open and then close as well. These are gorgeous these reporters all right, I think we got it way just to confirm we're going to take the light. We're good to take the light sound well, that'll save the audiences. Thanks, guys. Thank you. Yeah, I looked in one yesterday animals like oh, god, I can't see anything for ten minutes all right? Do we have any questions before we jump into photoshopped? Yeah, let's hit one a couple of really quick we've got his sean who says everyone in the chat room has been debating what the focal length is could you ask erin what its focal length allies? Oh, yeah there's someone wanted look on that camera. Tell me, do we even know what lens was on there? It's a it's a twenty four to one o five perfect four point oakland's and it's that one of us one of us way wanted to knock the background out of focus a little bit and that's why we had our subject a few feet off the wall as well, because it really does separated her out from the background so we can see it here as well. Aziz, here we go as well as here are background is out of focus so we can see the movement here with our subjects, and it really does help to focus our attention, right? Right on our subject let's see chuck dillon and then one other person were wondering, does the subject has to be center rather than rule of thirds? Just expand that to more say, are there any sort of special compositional rules that you use for cinema graphs that you wouldn't use for photo? Oh, that's a really great question I would I would definitely use the same rules you use for photo a cinema graph is, in essence, a moving photo and you wanted go about creating the best voting can when it comes to lighting, mood, composition, wardrobe and the use of props as well. So in today's photo shoot, for instance, you know, we're using props that kind of make sense together, we've got a nice country shirt, you know, something that like a simple blouse, we've got a hat seems like it would match the flowers. We want everything to kind of be in the same common theme on dh. We also knew that we were going to be shooting this in the studio with these with our backgrounds here with steel backgrounds. So we wanted to create some concepts that would go that will go with that. You know, this is this is something you want to keep together. So, along with the idea of, you know, composition, I am keeping all those other things in mind as well. So I basically, you know, when producing this, basically thought of it, just as a photo shoot with one moving part.