Photographer Tips: How to Create & Share GIFs
If you haven’t hopped on the creating GIFs bandwagon yet as a photographer–now is the time! I never want to encourage my fellow photographers to keep up with trends for their own sake. But, just because something happening on social media or elsewhere is a trend, that doesn’t mean you should avoid it! It can turn out to be fun and a tool for your business. After having a bunch of fun making GIFs in my business, I’ve landed on some photographer tips to help you create GIFs too!
It’s hard to keep up with the changing trends in our world, especially those that come and go so quickly (remember Clubhouse?). But, I have found that making GIFs is enjoyable and it just makes sense that as photographers we should lead in using these within our posts. This is especially true since GIFs are a medium that creates moving images from photos. As an added bonus, it also shows that you care so much more about your clients by putting in the extra effort it takes to create GIFs.
In order to create GIFs, the first tips that photographers need to know is that you must make sure your camera is on continuous HIGH shooting mode (faster shutter works better), and you hold the camera as still as possible. Keeping your camera still and continuing to hold the shutter down will ensure that you get a bunch of photographs in a row and that they are not blurry!
It is OK though if there is very slight movement. Experiment with this and your hands will get a feel for it!
The ideal scenario for creating GIFs is if your couple is comfortable and patient. Once you see a really sweet moment happening then just go for it! The GIF doesn’t always need to be a planned out “Ready, Set, Go” moment. It can just be a natural thing that you happen to capture with a series of photos. This happens sometimes without the couple even knowing it.
Just take a ton of photos at once!
With this fall engagement session, it was the windiest and chilliest session I’ve had in a long time. With how amazing these two were, we just laughed the entire time. I took advantage of how comfortable they were and put the wind to good use by capturing this windy hair GIF. I’m always looking for those beautiful moments that happen naturally, rather than trying to push the couple into a specific direction. The less guidance I have to provide the more natural and comfortable they become!
Sometimes, we stage certain shots for fun like closeups on the engagement ring or both of their hands:
I adore getting to know my couples from their engagement sessions all the way through to their wedding day. I just have the sweetest time with these sweetest couples like these two who had a gorgeous fall outdoor wedding.
This newlywed couple was so precious and their day was so special, so it easily lent itself to some amazing sets of photos that could be turned into GIFs:
My favorites often end up being kisses!
Sometimes capturing the bridal party in a GIF can be priceless too!
Now that I’ve gotten the hang of it, I just love making GIFs and putting them alongside photos from fun days like these!
Here are my best photographer tips and the steps that I take to create GIFs. You can adapt these as needed as you start to create your own GIFs!
Note: I like to export these back into my hard drive where all the other ones would go, but put them in a separate folder titled “GIF 1, 2,” etc so they are still separated enough to find easily.
The Momento GIF maker is worth the small investment because it will save you so much time and energy trying to make GIFs that look good! It’s also worth it if you don’t want to learn how to create GIFs in Photoshop. There are plenty of applications out there that can do the very same thing, so don’t feel limited to this one app. It’s just the one I have found that works best for me! I did pay for the premium subscription, but to me it’s worth it!
I’ve found that the GIFs I’ve created from my shoots add so much life to the photos. It helps people remember even better how a moment felt. You can seriously use the GIFs that you create anywhere! You can upload them to Pic-Time for your clients to download as a bonus to their gallery. Or you can use GIFs in an Instagram post or story. There are endless opportunities to put these GIFs to good use!