Animate (Old) Still Images

Paris Plotagraph

Paris and the Seine

As a Social Media Manager I’m always on the lookout for new tools and software to create surprising graphics or videos that would get my followers hooked while scrolling through their social news feeds.

A relatively new tool I came across last week is Plotagraph, a software that can animate any single JPG and export the result as GIF or MP4. Naturally, I first signed up for the free membership to give it a try, which limits my tool set immensely (no brush, no feathering). Still, the results I can achieve just by setting a few animation and stabilizer points are rather convincing of the power of the tool.

Additionally, Plotagraph is very easy to use. I just had a look at a few edited stills in the software’s tutorial section and understood immediately how to use animation points. No need to watch complex videos or read endless tutorials before I was able to “breathe new life” into some of my old favorites.

Click on the photos below to see what kind of subtle movements you can create with this software.

Plotagraph is available for iPhone and iPad, as well as Mac, Windows and Linux. Waiting for Android!

The software developers also provide Plotagraph fans with a new social platform, which helps photographers exhibit and share their animation work. Now you might think that sharing on any other existing social network might do the trick — and it will — but Plotagraph’s developers were clever by gamifying their tool. The more followers a Plotagraph user gains, the more features they can unlock inside the program…

Did you try Plotagraph yet? Do you use the basic or paid version? Please share your image examples with me. I’m looking forward to getting inspired! :)

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Prisma: Best Art Filters For Urban Shots

I am an art fan. I admire all the Picassos and Van Goghs in this world. And from time to time I try to be like them.

When I recently set out to find new inspiration for old photos in the App Store, I came across Prisma. Within minutes I was surprised I hadn’t heard of that photo filter app earlier. The results are stunning — real artworks.

What Prisma does, is to turn your photos into classic art, imitating the style of well known painters such as Picasso, Warhol, Munch and many more.

By the time I am writing this post I created around 30 unique pieces of art with Prisma. But it didn’t take me 30 tries to cull out my favorite filters, especially for urban photographs. While the app also works fine for any other photo genre, I personally think you can get the most beautiful results with city shots and the following 7 out of the currently 43 filters.

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Prisma filter: Mononoke

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Prisma filter: Mosaic

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Prisma filter: Daryl Feril

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Prisma filter: Tokyo

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Prisma filter: Theta Vaik

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Prisma filter: Curly Hair

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Prisma filter: Candy

Try Prisma yourself; you can find it on the App Store as well as on Google Play.

Which artistic style would you like to see added in the future? I think I could enjoy a Niki de Saint Phalle filter :-)

For which occasions do you like to turn your photos into artworks? Besides giving old photos a new twist just for fun, I think some of the above examples would make a great art calendar. And if the app creators decide to add more temporary filters like the current “Halloween” one, I could even imagine to make use of Prisma to style my Social Media profile and cover photos for special events.

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Free Entrance To The Paris Photo Salon 2016

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Paris: The three Towers

The Salon de la Photo will take place from 10 to 14 November in Paris, Porte de Versailles, Pavillon 5. 181 exhibitors are to be expected; photographers will show off their artwork and professionals will give talks.

I think there is no need to convince you that this is going to be big and beautiful. If you plan to come to Paris you can buy your ticket online for 9€ (instead of 12€ at the venue), or, and that’s what I just did, you can get a free entrance badge thanks to Canon France with the code CANN16.

All you need to do is to enter your code in the field after the sentence Should you be in possession of a document (invitation card, letter, e-news, advertisement…) with mention of an access code, please enter it here. Hit “Activate my Code” and print the digital badge they’ll email you over. That’s it — you’re good to go!

❤️ 💛 💙 💜 Canon!

You can’t make it to Paris for the Salon de la Photo? Follow the hashtag #SalonPhotoParis for live impressions and probably 1 or 2 photos. There should be someone with a camera there…

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Happy #WorldPhotoDay And Look What I Found

Today is World Photo Day. Yay. Snap. Snap.
But wait, you might wonder, I’m taking photos 365 days a year; what’s so special about August 19th?

Today is about sitting down and honoring all those visual storytellers who share the passion to communicate through this powerful medium and who strive to inspire and educate about wildlife conservation, the ecological crisis or social injustice (just to name a few examples).

Today is about sitting down and putting the people behind the camera in the right focus.

Thanks to the Social Media hashtags #WorldPhotoDay and #WorldPhotographyDay you can easily browse worldwide contributions shared by international photographers and associations today. Here are my favorites so far:

Do you have some #WorldPhotoDay favorites to share? Which ones made you laugh, think, cry?

If you like this post, please follow me on Instagram for a fresh photo each day

Breathe New Life Into Your Social Media Profile: GIFs As Storytelling Art Form

Visual micro content (VMC) is driving forces of engagement these days. Clips and GIFs in the social web are as popular as never before. And I am not talking about the creation of memes.

More and more brands are discovering GIFs, clips and cinemagraphs as fine art and a new way of storytelling. Movable imagery recently became a popular marketing format, which is easy to digest and really stands out in social media feeds.

“Yay” for being a photographer or visual engineer with tons of material on hand. Shame on you if you aren’t involved on social networks yet. Visual content marketing is the way to advertise your photo business, create leads and drive sales in 2016. Why? Gen Y! On a global scale, 64% of the web traffic are videos.

For the young audience, VMC is the digital answer to TV spots; small bites of information and entertainment. Instead of producing a 30 seconds spot try creating 30 spots lasting a few seconds to appeal to a number of buyer personas in your target market.

But beware of producing VMC just because you read it’s trendy and Facebook, Twitter or Google provide the technology. Each cinemagraph, clip or GIF needs to fit into your overall social media strategy: What is your communication goal? Whom do you want to reach? What can they learn from you?

Once you have the answers to all these questions, start planning VMC in your content calendar and make sure you optimize your visual material for each social network. Facebook’s algorithm will reward you with reach if you upload a video there instead of posting it as (YouTube) link. Twitter content has an ideal size of 506x253px.

For details, check out this always up-to-date social media image sizes cheat sheet (Google spreadsheet).

 

Useful resources — DIY:

Useful resources — Libraries:

Useful resources — Inspiration:

I gave it a try myself with GifMaker and a series of photos I took in Auckland a few years ago. You might want to go through your archive too to see if you can leverage some old photo series today.

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