For mobile photographer pros looking to move beyond the looping whimsy of goofy GIFs, the Kinotopic iOS app ($1) is a new take on the animated photo. The style of not quite a photo, but not a video was first made popular on the Cinemagraph website, for the photographers' blend of gorgeous moments captured in traditional still photo, with a hidden animated twist that pulls the viewer further into the image.
The Kinotopic app makes images in the spirit of cinemagraphs, using a short video to select an anchor frame, which acts as the background "still" photo, and using a finger to select the scope of the photo's movement. Perfecting what the app calls the kino, the small animated movement, without obvious signs of its digital enhancement is tricky. It took several attempts for me to create a believable kino that captured the slight breezy movements of a late night bus ride. With patience and enthusiasm to perfect the cinemagraph, Kinotopic is a fun diversion from the filter photo apps that seem so standard now.