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Motion, GIFs & Testing (How To Make A Photo GIF)

A large part of being a photographer is just testing new ideas. I can't tell you how many nights I've spent in my room with my camera until 4AM photographing new things or testing new gear on my cat. (I'm always tired.)

One day, I was thinking about how to connect the motion and movement of musicians and their instruments into my pictures. The first thing that came to mind was GIFs; so I stayed up all night making a few!

Check them out and let me know what you think. These were simple to put together. The hardest part was finding a website that I liked the quality of the output. I linked to the website and included my steps below.

--- So, how do you make a GIFs by combining images? I'm glad you asked. Here's how I made mine:

Use this site - http://gifmaker.me/

Ok, so this website kind of looks shady, but put your initial views aside for a second and just remind yourself that I think this website is amazing and will give you a great GIF.

Step 1: Select and upload your images. Some of my GIFs only need three images, some use 5. Feel free to upload as many as you want, but I would suggest no less than three.

Your initial preview will show up on the right hand side.

Step 2: Move the slider under "Canvas size" until the long edge reaches roughly 800px. This is the best size for me & my blog. Obviously depending on where you want to post these GIFs, you can change the size to the best optimized option.

Step 3: Change "Animation speed". I normally set mine at 200 milliseconds. This is what looks most appealing to my eye; not too fast, but fast enough to make you want to watch it again!

Step 4: Keep "Repeat times" at 0 so it stays in an infinite loop. And ignore the music upload part.

So, this was probably so simple that you didn't need this guide, and could have just followed what the website tells you to do...BUT either way, I hope this was helpful to you. Go on & create your own unique GIFs combining your still photography images!

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