Movies can be inspirations for us photographers with their beautiful lighting and focus points that draw you into an image. Below are some examples of photos that give you that cinematic feel and we’ll share with a you a couple of tips on how to achieve this.
First, shoot with a really good lens. My choice of lens would be my trusty 180mm f/2.8 lens to compress the background, but a “Nifty Fifty” 50mm f/1.8 would work well also.
Make sure your focus is sharp on your subject and think about using the rule of thirds to create an off center subject. Its also better to not have them look at the camera, very few actors look directly into the lens but some of the examples below work well despite this.
Be aware of the distance between subject and background. A good distance behind the subject before distracting elements start showing up. Use color to separate the main subject from the background.
Then you’ll want to crop your image in a 16×9 format. See the link below for a Scott Kelby tutorial.
In post, maybe add a greenish or bluish tone to your images.
You can also add bars like many of these shots have to help give it the cinematic feel.
Have some fun and play with your images to see what you can create.
Scott Kelby has a nice tutorial on how to create this effect in Photoshop and Lightroom.
a stream of emotions by Maegondo
Continents timelapse by Ettore Biondo
Self Portrait by TGKW
shine for us by whats_ur_flava2000
Dream a little dream by thirdeyep
Traffic by andersdenkend
I’m the most beautiful man in the world by _TooL
Smoke by TGKW
Cars through market street by RudmerHK
Train at Night by O1e9
Fog Stalker by Stephen’s PhotoArt
Working Title By Kane
Jonny by TGKW
Rainbow family member by Benoit.P
Your sight over meby [ piXo ]
Red Light by Jeff Krol
COSTA WALLPAPER 16×9 by stick gunner
Kev by TGKW
Day 2 by iceman9294
Exhale by Jeff Krol
All our fears are created by ourselves by exdigecko
Lost in Woods (feat. brother) by Alexandros Kaa
Snowshill Lavender Farm by Andrew Lockie
Hanz by TGKW
Love is All We Need by ZI.NGUYEN
Me Red Fields by Matt
Conflicted by djcrewe1
Streets of Istanbul by petrosg
An angel’s torment by conchitadelmundo
Free Bird by KakA-Tua
Beautiful Orchid by TGKW
Jane Doe by Mika
Sabrina by Marie Lisch
Day #112 • 365 Empty. by Tastino0
by Carl Casequin
Dormition Cathedral in Vladimir
Nip’n Tuck by Flamin’ Mo
slippery when wet by thirdeyep
Landscape in the Mist by Orca1976
Bête Noire by NFW
All Of Your Days Will Be Blessed by NFW
The willows 21 by mjtetley
Faraway,so close by thirdeyep
NY 2009-24 by Rizon Parein
The Back Bone by Kane
Heroic – 7/52 by kaoni701