Getting a cinematic look

 Out of my blue ray ideas

Out of my blue ray ideas

If you search the web concerning cinematic images you’ll get quite a bunch of different ideas and solutions how to make this kind of images. As always it’s all very subjective and up to your or in this case to my taste.

How would I subscribe cinematic photography? How do I understand it? Here my approach and my way of describing this genre:

My definition of Cinematic Photography is a look as if the frame could be taken from a movie. It depends on mood, aesthetics, lighting, atmosphere, characters what you like to convey. Generally it is kind of documenting a certain moment of life in the street with a movie atmosphere.

 Baiting the big fish

Baiting the big fish

These are, in my opinion, the main factors you have to keep in mind when doing cinematic photography:

- Take images that you think could be a frame of a movie.

- Use a panoramic format (2.35:1 or at least 16;9) which helps to give to the photo a cinematic feel.
- add eventually black bars on top and bottom which helps to lead to the cinematic look.

Last but not least some test shots I recently did in Hanoi.

 Heavy rain in Hanoi

Heavy rain in Hanoi

 Ohh my god it's cinematique

Ohh my god it's cinematique

120 mm film and Hasselblad

Photography assignment - one