1. Think about the feelings you're trying to convey with movement.
2. Play around with portraits. Take a photo of a friend from a fixed location and capture their mannerisms through a series of photos, then try editing the motion for artistic effects.
Auto Awesome photos can take a simple series of portrait photos and turn them into an animation that conveys emotions and gestures.
You can quickly push this technique in a creative direction by selectively editing the photo series before you upload it to Google+. Make a subject fly by timing photographs to capture the top of a jump and deleting any photo with feet touching the ground.
3. Determine the boundaries of the action you're trying to capture and set your frame correctly.
4. Tell stories by animating distinct scenes like a filmmaker storyboarding the action.
This experience with a hot dog stand was broken into an establishing shot and an action shot.
5. Experiment with the burst settings on your camera.
6. Motion photos give you the power to bring inanimate objects to life.
Taking multiple photographs of a stationary object from a gradually shifting position can yield a 3D effect.
You can also take multiple photos while zooming in on a subject to focus the viewer’s attention. To pull off a smooth zoom, use a tripod or set your camera on a stable surface. As you zoom in, the light levels will change, so experiment with manual focus modes to achieve the best results.
7. Use motion to build atmosphere in nature scenes.
8. Tell stories about physical spaces by shooting a series of photos that capture multiple subjects and their actions.
Experiment with the frequency of your photos to capture the rhythm of the people in a given location. Locations with faster motion, like a freeway, will require a quicker sequence of photos than a slower-paced location, like a sidewalk with pedestrians on a Sunday stroll.
Experiment by moving the focal point while taking a series of photos to create an immersive sensation.