The Art of the Moving Image

We have a killer contest going on in collaboration with Karmaloop! Create a moving image -- or gif file as us techies know it as -- that involves your wardrobe and then expand it by winning two pairs of Miista shoes! We are so obsessed with this contest BRING YOUR CLOSET TO LIFE because it involves the serious app trend of the moment. We are #teamiPhone at Miista and we have positively fallen in love with the FREE application CINEMAGRAM. Now, to enter the contest you do NOT, I repeat do NOT have to have an iPhone. There are plenty of free programs on the computer -- in fact each word in that sentence is a link to one of them -- that can create your gif! Cinemagram specifically can be a little tricky, but we swear if you play with it for a little it becomes really easy and fun. All you do is record a very short bit of action, then in the second screen shown you just highlight the part you want to move by dragging your finger over the area you want motion to show. Thereby creating a still photograph just with a moving element -- versus a short full video. It helps a lot to check out the front page of the 'Popular' section so you can see all the cool things that are possible with the app. To provide some inspiration we've included a bunch of our favorites -- from innovative to totally mad the gifs below should serve as some great inspiration for our contest. Submissions are due by the end of the month and to submit your entry just email For all the information on the contest visit the Karmaloop blog! We've included some tips on how to make the different examples below -- which were all found on Cinemagram. There are a lot of cool little tricks you can use to make exceptional gifs with this app. [caption id="attachment_9137" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Concierto Justice"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9138" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="chandelier"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9139" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="tick tock"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9140" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="Santa Monica pier"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9141" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="teapot"][/caption] Water is a great subject -- with this gif the creator only highlighted the stream of tea and nothing else thus achieving continual motion [caption id="attachment_9142" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="Penthouse Hideaway"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9143" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="Polo logo"][/caption] To do this, the logo and it's path of movement was the only thing highlighted for motion. You have to be sure to include where something moves when doing the highlighting or you'll just lose it behind the still image. [caption id="attachment_9144" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="stairs"][/caption] This one is an all time favorite! The person is running up stairs and only the ground is highlighted for movement. The person is moving their legs but since that area isn't highlighted you can't see it. When you start recording your video that first image you see when you hit record is the picture -- then you decide what parts move, what you see and what you don't. [caption id="attachment_9145" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="eye poke"][/caption] Since only the finger and the path below the eye is highlighted you don't see where the finger goes after the area of the eye -- making it look like it goes inside. Cool right? [caption id="attachment_9146" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="Kanka"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9147" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="walk man"][/caption] Here only the walking man was highlighted in order to keep the second countdown (17) the same. [caption id="attachment_9148" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="Catsinemagram"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9149" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Jolie fille qui écrit"][/caption] Absolutely beautiful. The perfect gif. [caption id="attachment_9150" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="nail polish"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9151" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Diplomatico"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9152" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="bubbles"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9153" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="lightning"][/caption] This one is interesting -- it's subtle since the road wouldn't move anyway, but it still has that photographic element to it somehow. [caption id="attachment_9154" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="Vegas"][/caption] Ok, so. Only the keys have been highlighted to move. When they hit record they didn't have their hands in the frame but then quickly moved the buttons without highlighting an area where the fingers would be seen! [caption id="attachment_9155" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="Minuit"][/caption] Gorgeous! [caption id="attachment_9156" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="under the sea"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9157" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="page numbers"][/caption] Very, very good. [caption id="attachment_9158" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="view from the plane"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9159" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption=""self-portrait""][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9160" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="pupil"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9161" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="graduation"][/caption] This is the same guy! He managed to hop far enough away and fast enough to make it so his movement is separated from the still image of him. Some advanced work we got here! [caption id="attachment_9162" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="umbrella"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9163" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption=""readin, no big deal""][/caption] Loveliest! [caption id="attachment_9164" align="aligncenter" width="360" caption="THINK!"][/caption] Ah the best for last! Here only the head, his arms and the path of movement was highlighted. His body wasn't, so it looks like his head is disconnected. Such a great one.