#90 – Mark Johnson – Composites & Cinemagraphs

Mark Johnson – Composites & Cinemagraphs

Mark S. Johnson is an Adobe Photoshop luminary, a photographer, an author, and one of the most passionate instructors you will ever encounter.

Mark Johnson

(partially taken from Mark’s website – go here for her write-up)

Mark-300px-HeadshotMark S. Johnson is an Adobe Photoshop luminary, a photographer, an author, and one of the most passionate instructors you will ever encounter.

Through the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, The Radiant Vista, and Boulder Digital Arts, he has lectured in front of and worked side-by-side with countless individuals, including Adobe’s Chief Executive Officers, Jane Goodall, the U.S. Ambassador to Finland, and Academy Award winning director, Louie Psihoyos. Mark’s tutorials appear regularly on the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) and Planet Photoshop websites, and his imagery and articles have been featured in Photo Techniques, Nature’s Best, and After Capture magazines.

He is a contributor to Dewitt Jones’ heartwarming Healing Images campaign and a Trey Ratcliff Flatbooks author. Watch hundreds of Mark’s inspiring and entertaining Photoshop tutorials at www.msjphotography.com.



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Training on Cinemagraph photography – a still photograph with isolated moving element.  Looks like a still photo but a small element in the scene is in motion.  Use subtle amounts of motion…freeze everything in the scene except one item. 

  • Use a dSLR, tripod and Photoshop

  • Shoot high detail video and mask it inside Photoshop with only a small amount of detail looping through…maybe 2-3 seconds of video.

Demonstration video of utilizing Photoshop (CC, CS6 and earlier)

  • Make timeline visible in Photoshop, Window / Timeline

  • Click on filmstrip icon in timeline and add media (select file and add to Photoshop)

  • Find a pleasing frame by scrolling through the video timeline

  • Extract Frame;

    • Select / All

    • Layer / New via Copy

  • Move copied layer to the top of the layers

  • Create a mask to allow you to “punch” a hole in the frame

  • Utilize the loop to find a pleasing range for the first frame and last frame

  • Color adjustments can be made to the file

  • Save as a Photoshop file

  • Share file…be careful to the size. 


Photoshop Workbench 368: Cinemagraphs Revisited

Dramatic Portrait Compositing Video Tutorial Series Download – $24.95

Ann Street Studio – Cinemagraphs

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