Creating cinemagraphs with the EOS R5 C
One technique that Tom employs throughout his personal work and his commercial assignments – where it fits the brief – is creating cinemagraphs. A cinemagraph is essentially a hybrid image featuring a moving element within a still frame. Any camera that has the capability to record movies and photos can be used to create cinemagraphs, but being able to shoot everything with a Canon EOS R5 C saves Tom time. "That's such a massive advantage for me, especially working with commercial clients," he says.
There are different ways to make cinemagraphs, but Tom creates his manually in DaVinci Resolve*. "You need to do some preparation," he explains. "You have to have the camera locked off. You'll need to know what the movement is going to be and where you're going to freeze the frame to then introduce the moving element. You don't want there to be a great deal of motion at that point, so that when you mask it out, it makes sense."
The cinemagraph above is of Zola, an African spotted eagle-owl. "I shot the video at 100fps because when an owl blinks, it's over very quickly," he says. "When I'm shooting short-form videos, I mainly work at 25/50fps, but I will occasionally shoot at 120fps."
Using an EOS R5 C enables Tom to create seamless assets for his cinemagraphs. "I'm able to shoot moving images and stills that are very similar in quality," he says. "I can light everything in the same way and achieve very similar colours, which takes a lot of the effort out of having to balance things in post."
It appears that Tom has finally found his own balance with the EOS R5 C, too. After years spent trying different video and stills systems, he says that "possibly for the first time ever" he feels happy and settled with his kit.
"This camera will now cover every single job that I do," he continues. "The 45MP resolution is the sweet spot for stills, and when you need to shoot motion, you just flip a switch and you're there. Everything's laid out in a great way – it shoots brilliant video, it shoots fantastic stills. It's not far off the perfect camera for me."