Did this GIF catch your eye? Yay! I’m glad! Because I wanted to talk about them a bit!
First things first though, do you pronounce it with GIF or GIF(JIF😂)? I’m on the hard G train personally! Drop your answer in the comments, no judgement I promise ;)
If you love these little animations and want one from your future session or wedding then holla at me and let me know! I usually try to set the scene to be able to photograph a series of photos to loop, but sometimes I get caught up and focused on single shots. So having it front of mind never hurts 🤩 Sometimes they just happen naturally and/or at random(quite like this one!), but other times I use prompts to encourage movement that makes up the different frames.
Interested in trying one out yourself?
1. Stay steady!
Sometimes it’s easy to let the movement of the scene move you. Naturally I want to move and adjust and get closer and father while shooting. But for Gifs staying still and level works to keep the scene balanced. This one was definitely not planned so the movement is real, but it’s so fun!
2. Use burst mode or continuous High
Shooting high speed is important because taking as many individual shots within the movement is key! You can then choose to speed it up or keep it slow and stop motion feeling from there.
3. Edit consistently, level the horizons if needed
Make sure you use the same edit across all the photos so they maintain consistency. If you’re shooting with indoor lighting this may be hard because of flickering, try to get it close! And if needed straighten out your horizons so they all match up.
4. Find a program to loop them
You can use many programs: Photoshop, Momento, Photoscape, GIPHY, etc. I personally use Momento(app) because it allows me to create Gifs, videos and Live Photo’s (last two are often easier to post and share on social profiles. This one is a video). 5. Voila! You have a GIF!
You can do this with a camera or a phone, whatever suits your style!
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