Plotagraph Pro

I have not uploaded an animated photo from Plotagraph Pro in a while, so I thought I share one with you. And since my favorite recent photo is this on of the Eiffel tower, I chosen this one.

And to show that this animation was not that easy, I’m including a screenshot of Plotagraph Pro, to show you how many points it took to animate this.

If you want to know more about how to create animated photos like this, check out my tutorial on how to do it here.

The beacon of light over Paris – Plotagraph

And here is the result. It is not completely perfect, as some areas don’t behave exactly as I would like them to, but it’s close :)

I’m sorry that the video is a bit big, but my current blog style stretches it to full width. I will have to tweak it a bit.

(if you are on a mobile or use an older web browser, you may only see a static image)

Vienna Photo Walk by Trey Ratcliff

Yesterday, as I mentioned before, I joined the Vienna Photo Walk by Trey Ratcliff, in Viena of course :). It was quite fun and interesting evening, and I had the opportunity to meet some great people (and have a look at a lot of photography gear :)).

For those who would still like to join a photowalk like this, there are still two more in the next month, and you can find the info about them here:

A lot of random photos :)

And here is a big bunch of photos I took yesterday. As you may clearly see, this are not photos of Vienna, but are of the photo walk and the people in the photo-walk. As I can go to Vienna anytime (it’s really close for me), i decided not to focus on the city at all. There are also a lot of photos of Trey, but that a given as he was the center of the photo walk :)

I have been sharing a lot of plotagraphs recently (not only here, but mostly on my Instagram account) and some long time ago I shared also cinemagraphs here. Since the results are quite similar, I would try to explain what the difference between these two approaches to animated photographs are. Let’s first look at plotagraphs.


With a plotagraph, you start with a single photo. You take this photo, and by moving parts of it, you create an animation. This can be done in Photoshop, using actions, in video editing programs such as Adobe Premier and similar. But probably the simplest way is to use Plotagraphy Pro service. Like this you will end up with a clip, or a gif. There just the areas you animated will move, with all others being static.

The beauty here is, that at anytime you can go back to your older photos and just add movement to them. This can be done to any photo, even the ones you did not plan to animate at the time of taking them. Like this, if you have already an archive of photos, you can create new animated variations at will.


With a cinemagraph, you start with a video. On this video, you choose which areas are moving, and what is a static image. This can be done in Photoshop, or one of the many available applications (it’s more popular in mobile apps). So in the end, you will have the clip repeating in a part of the image, with all the rest just being from a single frame.

This is one of my older cinemagraphs. (sorry for the lower resolution, I just could not find the original file :/)

Cinemagraphs are harder to do, as you can’t just go back to your old photos and decide to animate them in this way. You already need a video, that was taken very stable (preferably from a tripod) and that has a nice loopable movement in it.

Even if the results are similar, the way they are done is quite different. They work better for different situations, and the results will also wary a lot.

About this site

Here and there I get questions what I used to make this blog, and what plug-ins I use, so here is a list for those curious :)

And thats almost all I use, there are few smaller one time things here and there, but nothing of much interest :)

Danube at the Apollo bridge

I prefer a more subtle animation in my plotagraphs. Not everything has to move. So also for this shot, I only animated the water, giving a bit of scattering to the reflection. And for those unfamiliar, this is the Apollo bridge in Bratislava, during a very nice soft sunset.

(if you are on a mobile or use and old web browser, you may only see a static image)

Plotagraph category

You may have noticed that there is a plotagraph category shown over all the posts that include a plotagraph. And if you want to see all of them, scroll down to the bottom of the page, where you can find a Photos by location dropdown menu.

Just choose it and select Plotagraph under Articles.

Enjoying the Dubai fountain

dubai fountain plotagraph pro screenshotPlotagraphs look great with clouds, but one can animate much more with it. On this photo, of the Dubai fountain in Dubai, I animated the fountain and the surrounding water. It’s subtle, but it does make the photo stand out a bit. Don’t you think?

And for those curious, I’m including a screenshot of the final edit in Plotagraph pro, so you can see all the animation points I needed to add to the photo, to get it from static to this animation.

(if you are on a mobile or use an older web browser, you may only see a static image)

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