Here are my top two tips for shooting cinemagraphs:
1. Plan out your cinemagraph to have an unusual element.
One option may be two kinds of motion–say a window curtain blowing and a candle flickering, but one of the moving elements is frozen. Releasing the other element to move is very unexpected! Another option may be movement on a delay that creates a surprise. I used this method here.
2. Make sure any motion in your original video clip is NOT overlapping with any other movement!
For instance, if a person is holding a candle and you want to release the flickering movement, make sure the person is rock solid! If they sway, even the slightest amount, you will not be able to mask through to the movement of the flickering flame without the body movements giving away the illusion.
Watch my full tutorial on using Flixel’s Cinemagraph Pro program here: