Cinematic style shots .

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by rav, Oct 16, 2015.

  1. rav

    rav Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 28, 2015
    Dint see any thread related to cinematic style stills . hope we have all types of cinematic style shots posted here , I will start with some random cinematic style street shots .
    Shot with Em10 and sigma 60mm OI001067-05. OI001073-06-01. OI000985-01. OI001065-02. OI001063-03. OI001018-04.
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  2. m43happy

    m43happy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 18, 2012
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  3. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Nov 25, 2012
    what sort of processing do you use to get the cinematic look?
  4. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    this shot I took of my good friend Joseph Linashcke, who happens to be a Lumix Luminary and runs a very good website called

    We had just picked up a package from Panasonic and in it was the 35-100. I grabbed this shot in the car and processed it in a sort of cinematic style

    14764018627_708dedd0f3_b. P8140197 by kevinparis, on Flickr

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  5. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

    Apr 18, 2011
    Massachusetts USA
    What makes an image cinematic?
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  6. rav

    rav Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 28, 2015
    I used snapseed , basically cropping in 16:9 ratio and pulling down the saturation and playing around with warmth and blue tones and some vignette.
  7. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
    Apparently (and not definitely, 'cos I can see this is going to be waaaay too subjective), when in LR, you increase the blues for night shots or the yellows for day, reduce saturation by about 30, then use long horizontal and sort vertical cropping/ a starting point. Well, I experimented with this theory which resulted in the images below. Does this equate to "cinematic"? Dunno.

    20208312248_e695bcfc36_k. Soho by Otim, on Flickr

    19794806934_74cd835d89_k. Covent Garden by Otim, on Flickr

    20239765089_060a8ec33d_k. Charing Cross by Otim, on Flickr

    20417918305_8450b4b5d1_k. Greenwich by Otim, on Flickr

    20620950835_b80ad9b76f_k. Untitled by Otim, on Flickr

    I guess using a using a sharp lens may help achieve that sort of image? These images were taken mainly with the Olympus 12 & 75 primes.
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  8. rav

    rav Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 28, 2015
    I agree its for sure very subjective thing, depends what kind of cinematic look you wish to give .
    Loved your images and they do look very cinematic.
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  9. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    to me its if an image looks like a frame from a movie where the director is well aware of the effect of an image on the audience... to me its think David Lean, Orson Welles, Martin Scorsese, Sergio Leone... or probably more accurately with the work of their Directors of photography.

    wide screen usually gets you close, but thats not exclusive... some film noir lighting on a 4:3 could also work

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  10. techsplorer

    techsplorer Mu-43 Regular

    May 8, 2015
    Townsend, TN
    Rodion "Rod" Molina
    Here's a great article on the concept of cinematic photography

    Sharing similarities with the approach of "tone" in music, I think a cimenatic tone in photography helps evoke specific emotions or attitude, making the photo feel more like a snapshot from a motion picture. The cues for this seem to be related to stylistic contrast, subdued color and storyboard composition. Letterbox framing also helps push it in that direction.
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  11. MichaelSewell

    MichaelSewell Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Sep 1, 2015
    Burnley, UK
    Michael A. Sewell
    These are a couple from Saturday's shoot with Steve Hird, a local Cosplayer. Batman. FaceOff.
    E-M1 and 40-150mm Pro
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2015
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  12. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    Nicely done. I like the grading (hey that's a cinematic term) you applied to the images. It's inspiring me to do more cinematic looks now. I'm not sure if I've done anything like that before.

    Do these count as cinematic?

    Monochrome Man
    by Vincent Tsai, on Flickr

    by Vincent Tsai, on Flickr

    329/365 The sad reality
    by Vincent Tsai, on Flickr
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  13. I think the key is in the mood and emotion evoked. Technical execution is less important than framing and composition (especially use of traditional cinema camera angles and shot framing), plus more subtle qualities about colour, tone, and lens 'imperfections'. Letterbox format helps, but even in cinema it varies depending on what the objective or standard at the time is:
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  14. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler Subscribing Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Let me know what you guys think of this... I'm struggling with the cropping (especially on the right side) and would appreciate any advice for making the rain more visible (or adding more rain). I do have the RAW file, fwiw.


    E5218847-16.9 1600px.
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  15. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler Subscribing Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Another, in color this time, with heavier rain:
    E5218850-16.9 1600px.
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  16. David A

    David A Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 30, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    OK, here goes on suggestions.

    Crop: I'd crop on the right at the vertical line in the stones on the upright just to the right of where the parapet ends. I'd also crop a little on the bottom so that the angled dark line of the step just below the woman actually runs out at the right lower corner. I might also take a little off the left and top but the right and bottom are the 2 crops I would make first, followed perhaps by a bit of a crop at the top to produce a more wide screen image format, much wider than it is tall.

    As far as the rain goes, it's hard to make rain itself visible but you can intensify the feel of it by making distant objects less clear so I'd reduce clarity slightly and lift the shadows of the background part of the scene above the top of the parapet so that central background area went lighter and greyer in tone, and a little less sharp. I'd also play with reducing sharpness there a bit. On the other hand I'd try to bring out a bit more detail in the woman's figure, the statue, and the area below the top of the parapet.

    The other thing that lightening the tone of the background and opening up the foreground and figure will do is to increase the sense of front to back depth in the scene. It's possible to also intensify those depth cues by using graduated filters and you could use several, brushing out the areas you don't want them to affect. If you're using the CC version of Lightroom, you could also play with negative Dehaze amounts on that background and perhaps a bit of positive Dehaze on the figure and foreground.

    It's a nice photo. I think you could do a fair bit with it. It's also possible that it might work better in colour because I don't think there's enough tonal difference between the figure and the roadway and parapet immediately behind her. It's going to be hard getting a tonal difference there in black and white but, depending on the colour of her clothing and umbrella, you may do better in colour if you're prepared to play around a little with desaturating the background slightly while leaving the as shot saturation alone for the woman and that immediate foreground.

    If you use Lightroom, you can also play around with doing a black and white conversion by simply desaturating all of the 8 colour channels in the HSL panel. If you convert to black and white that way you'll find that the white balance, vibrance, and saturation sliders in the Basic panel and the saturation slider in the local adjustment options (brush, graduated filter, radial filter) will still have an effect plus you can adjust the relative darkness/lightness of the different colours by using the luminance sliders in the HSL panel. There's several ways of doing a black and white conversion in Lightroom and your editing options vary a little depending on which conversion option you choose.
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  17. bacil

    bacil Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 24, 2012
    Barry, the color one is great.
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  18. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
    Here are a couple more (posted earlier elsewhere on this site) using the same PP technique I described earlier in this thread.

    20353557993_198e5056e2_k. QVB by Otim, on Flickr

    20849240941_7c763710bc_k. Untitled by Otim, on Flickr
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  19. rav

    rav Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 28, 2015
    2015-10-21 06.35.08 1-02.
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  20. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Yes. No idea if it's cinematic, but it's a lovely photograph.
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