9 posts in category General Cinematic Photography

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Cinematic Lighting – A Start

There are significant differences between the way lighting is approached for the movies and the way it’s approached for photography. Movie lighting encompasses a space within which actors can perform dialogue, action, etc., and so the lighting needs to fill that space and allow for whatever is ...

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What is Cinematic Photography

Photographers working in different genres of photography have created a cinematic style to their work. Whether creating photographs in terms of street photography, portraiture, commercial photography or another genre, developing a cinematic style is possible across all types of photographs. In ...

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Making Fine Art Photographic Work that is Personal

It’s Personal, It’s Not Business One of the challenges emerging artists face is creating work that is personal. We sometimes think of a photograph as being “personal” if we enjoy it and so it impacts us emotionally. We might pursue creating similar images or leveraging similar subject ...

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Letting Your Style Find You

Experienced photographers will oftentimes explain that one of the most important things anemerging photographer can do is to identify and develop their “style” of photography. They will talk about the importance of having a personal photographic style so that people seeing your work will ...

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About Me

I have been creating photographs for the past 20 years and am completing my Masters of Fine Arts degree in Photography from the Academy of Art University this fall (2016). Over that time, I have gravitated to a style of fine art tableau photography that I refer to as “cinematic photography”. ...

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