Living Photographs: Creating Cinemagraphs | July

Living Photographs: Creating Cinemagraphs

Date  | Saturday & Sunday, July 15 & 16, 2023

Time  |   10 AM – 4 PM

Location |  Colorado Photographic Arts Center

1200 Lincoln Street, Denver, CO, 80203

Cost  |  $360 Member and $396 Non-Member

Instructor  |  Marisa Brown

Skill Level  |  All skill levels welcome


This workshop provides an entry into the world of cinemagraphs – an interesting hybrid of photo and video. Learn how to shoot, process, and edit a unique moving photograph!

Course Description:

This is an introduction to cinemagraphs or living photos! Cinemagraphs are seamlessly looping videos or animations that allow just one element of a photographic composition to move while the rest remains static. We will begin by discussing what a cinemagraphs are, show some examples of cinemagraphs, and discuss the shooting process. Then, we will shoot videos using a DSLR with video capabilities, or a smartphone and a tripod. After shooting, we will go through processing these videos into living photos using Adobe Photoshop. Finally, we will export our cinemagraphs as videos or animated gifs to share the magic with others.

  • Cinemagraph
  • Video
  • Animation
  • Video Timelines in Photoshop
  • Layer Masking in Photoshop

Materials Needed:

  • Digital camera
  • Computer/phone to project images
  • Adobe Photoshop (free trial can be downloaded here)
  • Comfortable shoes/clothes/sun protection for walking