Cine stills

Trying to emulate movie stills is quite fun. Taking candid pictures of people on the streets and giving them a fictional story by cropping and color grading is actually an enjoyable process.

If you want to do this yourself I have a couple of tips for you.

  1. Cinematic crop. – Crop 2.33:1 or something similar. Really wide. Don’t be afraid to crop off foreheads or hair. It adds drama and tension.
  2. Use a standard focal length or wider. Use fast aperture lenses and open them completely for a narrow depth of field.
  3. Use images that has some sort of action going on. Walking, talking, obviously thinking. Use a main character that tells the story.
  4. Use split toning in post processing. Support grey weather and drama by grading in blue/green, support sunny weather by grading in yellow/red tone.
  5. Add black bars in photoshop by pasting your 2.33:1 crop into an 3:2 black canvas.

Try it out.

Its quite addictive!


All shots using Fujifilm cameras using mostly 35 f/1.4 and 23 mm f/1.4.

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