19 posts by Gregory Beams

White Balance in Cinematic Photography

This week we’re focusing on white balance and the importance of selecting your white balance when creating cinematic images. While today’s post production software can make all manner of tonal and color adjustments, allowing photographers to “fix” their white balance in post producti...

Continue Reading

Cinematic Photography

Narrative Photographs Narrative photographs are those that invoke a story for the viewer. Unlike books or movies, a photograph doesn’t convey the entire story, but rather, it invites the viewer to develop a story based on the scene and content presented within the photograph. Viewers bring ...

Continue Reading

Light is Emotion

As photographers we are told and come to understand, to some extent, that “photography is about light”.  We know we can’t create a photograph in complete darkness and so we need light in order for the scene to be recorded on our film or digital sensor. Once we have some amount of light then ...

Continue Reading

Creating a Cinematic Photograph

This week I’ll cover why and how we created the photograph from last week’s post in terms of set creation and lighting. Concept or Narrative Intent For this image, I wanted to depict a girl inside a closet with a laptop computer who was viewing something on the computer screen.  The ...

Continue Reading

Basic Equipment – Shaping Light

In shaping light within a photograph there are a number of tools we can use. Our main concern in shaping light is it's direction, size, intensity and hardness or softness. The color of light is also important to our decisions as cinematic photographers but we don't use the same tools to affect ...

Continue Reading

Creating a Series of Photographs

I have begun working on a concept for a new series of images to explore cinematic photography’s narrative abilities across a series of images. This week’s image is a first step in that direction. For this series of images I want to create a consistent set of characters and settings across the ...

Continue Reading

Cinematic Photography Lights – A Start

This week we are discussing what lights are needed in order to create cinematic photographs. We should start by acknowledging that there are a number of photographers that work within the street photography genre that create a cinematic look to their photographs. They generally do this by finding ...

Continue Reading

Cinematic Photography – Dissecting a Scene – Neon Demon

A great exercise for learning how to create a cinematic aesthetic in your photography is to select an image from a movie that is emotionally impactful and work to recreate it. Use the image's lighting, coloring and composition to create a version of the scene, carrying over the elements that are ...

Continue Reading

Cinematic Lighting – Still Life

Cinematic lighting can be used in more than just character and portrait photographs. This week we created a simple still life photograph of a white jar filled with a bouquet of large, yellow sunflowers. The challenge was to create a dramatic image of the sunflowers using a single strobe light. ...

Continue Reading