Cinemagraph: 28 Still Photos With Subtle Motion

So today, we’re going to showcase animated GIF artwork, but there is no regular GIF we use on websites. These are beautiful twists from somehow nasty animated Gif artworks with the use of high-quality photos from modern photography, and the pioneer, Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg, called it – Cinemagraph.

Like what you’ve seen in most GIF animation, cinemagraph is a product of still photos with minor elements moving on. It’s nothing impressive on technique but what makes cinemagraph unique is it brings back certain parts of the photo to life, thus making the entire photo more realistic, attractive and sometimes even thought-provoking, just like the magical newspaper from the movie Harry Potter.

Dozens of photographers have found this technique interesting, so do we. While they are making their first attempt at cinematography, we go on by collecting 28 quality, realistic, and thought-provoking cinemagraphs for your enjoyment and inspiration and, be prepared to get impressed!


32 Cinemagraphs (Still Photos) You Should See

32 Cinemagraphs (Still Photos) You Should See

We previously introduced Cinemagraph: 28 Still Photos With Subtle Motion. A year has passed since then, and the... Read more

Showcase of beautiful Cinemagraphs

“A Wonderful World”

It’s still, yet it’s moving, it’s silent yet it’s thought-provoking. It’s the beauty of cinemagraph.

Image source: From Me To You

a wonderful world
“Can You Smell Them?”

I can’t really smell them, but I can feel that it’s hot and delicious! This is what cinemagraph can do, strengthens the expression of a photo.

Image source: Kyla Hernandez

can you smell them

Endless wine with endless elegance, achieved by cinemagraph.

Image source: Kyla Hernandez

“Coco Takes Manhattan”

If you cannot capture wind, make a cinemagraph to get people feel it.

Image source: From Me To You)

coco takes manhattan
“Delicious Bacon”

Believe me, cinemagraph will be the next big thing for food advertising.

Image source: Vickan Flickan

delicious bacon
“Endless Time”

Time is endless, so is cinemagraph.

Image source: Tilen Sepic

“Have A Bubbly Weekend!”

The moving effect has grabbed all your focus to the wine, showing you the attention-grabbing power of cinemagraph.

Image source: Kyla Hernandez

have a bubbly weekend
“Have An Adventurous Weekend”

By simply moving some grasses, the entire photo has been brought back to life completely.

Image source: From Me To You

have an adventurous weekend
“He Swept Her Away”

Amazed by the dynamic of the swinging dress, simply cool.

Image source: From Me To You

he swept her away
“How He Passed The Time”

Cinemagraph can give you not only the feel of the wind, but also the feel of speed.

Image source: From Me To You

how he passed the time
“Infinite Coke”

Where can I buy this coke? I will pay any money for it. An interesting effect is achieved by cinemagraph to confuse your mind.

Image source: Superwhite

infinite coke
“It’s My Birthday”

Oops, don’t scroll down too fast or the candle will be blown away! Revive your most lovely moment with cinemagraph.

Image source: From Me To You

it's my birthday
“Joel Naughgle Of Devil At My Doorstep”

Professional output with lively portrait, a very great attempt from David Tribbly.

Image source: Tribby

“Meet Me At The Bar”

A creative cinemagraph utilizing the reflection of window.

Image source: From Me To You

meet me at the bar
“Mouse Is Always Busy”

Is he browsing the Hongkiat? Perfect cinemagraph that captures the life of a computer addict.

Image source: Superwhite

mouse is always busy
“Paint It On”

Beauty needs patience.

Image source: From Me To You

“Prabal’s Beauty”

Inspiring and lively at the same time, demonstrating how cinemagraph can be the best piece in your portfolio.

Image source: From Me To You

prabal's beauty
“Reading Newspaper”

Impressive attempt with interesting ideas, I had a pleasing moment with this cinemagraph.

Image source: Kyla Hernandez

“Ride On A Swing”

Instead of moving the swinging girl, the author moves another part of swing which makes entire cinemagraph more interesting, great idea.

Image source: product26

ride on a swing
“Shave And A Haircut”

Can you see all pole barble lamps in the photo are whirling? This cinemagraph stands out by its great attention to detail.

Image source: From Me To You

shave and a haircut
“Slide To Unlock”

How many times you unlock iDevice a day? A common activity made interesting by cinemagraph.

Image source: Superwhite

slide to unlock
“Smoke ‘n Models”

Now I will call this professional, both makeup artist, photographer and cinemagrapher.

Image source: From Me To You

smoke n models
“So Tasty!”

How fresh it is! A tasty cinemapgrah made for online grocery site, Gilt Taste.

Image source: From Me To You

so tasty
“Sweeping Moments”

Great collaboration between model and cinemagrapher, I believe more models will want to have a cinemagraph as self-portrait, it’s simply more attractive.

Image source: Kyla Hernandez

sweeping moments
“The Never-ending Commute”

The moving train really adds to the epicness of this photo.

Image source: Kyla Hernandez

the never-ending commute

Its name is Yuki, an animal brought back to life by cinemagraph.

Image source: kirk7784



Cinemagraphs in this showcase are referred from the following awesome websites:


The review for these cinemagraph is pretty diverse. Some praised it as the revolution of Gif animation, some criticized it as an old form of animated Gif artwork with a new name.

Either way, more photographers found cinemagraph interesting and made their first attempt. Will it become the next big thing of photography and Gif animation? I will leave this for you to judge.

Wondered how to achieve magical cinemagraph? There’re some in-depth tutorials for you to get it!

Oh, and don’t forget to tell us which cinemagraph impresses you the most!