8 posts in category Technical Skills

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...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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Comparing Cinematic and Photographic Lighting Part 3

This is the third and final post related to the two photographs we created - one using cinematic lighting and one using photographic lighting. The initial post compared two photographs of the same scene and subject created using the two different approaches to lighting, cinematic and photograph...

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Comparing Cinematic and Photographic Lighting – Part 2

In last week's post we talked about the difference between photographic and cinematic lighting in photography. We focused on the difference between the two approaches to lighting a scene and the impacts of each on the resulting photograph. This week we're getting into the details of how we used ...

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Comparing Cinematic and Photographic Lighting – Part 1

This week we’re comparing two photos of the same scene. The first was created using photographic lighting while the second was created using cinematic lighting. A couple of caveats before we start to analyze the differences between the two photographs. For purposes of this discussion (and for ...

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Cinematic Lighting – Let’s Talk F-Stop

Establishing the right f-Stop to create cinematic photographs is a harder question than might otherwise seem apparent because it encompasses a number of different questions, the answers to which might not all be compatible with each other. As a reminder, f stop establishes the image’s bokeh or ...

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