The Cinematic Look

How To Make Your Photographs Look Like Films

AndrewMohrer1 AndrewMohrer2Andrew Mohrer Photography

DennisCacho1 DennisCacho2Dennis Cacho Photography

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“I recently noticed that a handful of photographers were producing images that had a look as if they were stills captured from films. A couple of the most well known photographers of this genre are based here in New York so I got them together and challenged them to not only come up with a dynamic personal project on the fly incorporating this cinematic look, but to share with us how it is achieved. Read on to find out how it all went down…”
by David Geffin

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Milad Safabakhsh

Milad Safabakhsh Photography


MiladSafabakhsh02Remembrance of Things Past


MiladSafabakhsh04True Detective


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Milad Safabakhsh Photography


The Power Of Black and White

The Power Of Black and White

Rush E. Wallace made this photo while on a tour of an arboretum in Thousand Oaks, California. The photo was made with a Nikon D200 and an exposure of f/4.5 at 1/2000 sec (the high shutter speed used because it was a windy day). He processed the Raw file in Photoshop Elements 11 and converted it to black and white using the Vivid Landscape preset. He then overlaid the result with a screen-blending mode of a copy and adjusted the opacity to his liking.

BWpower2Piano & Sheet Music
Karen Newman created this evocative image with a Nikon D7000. With the lens set at 18mm, she took five captures in a 3 EV difference HDR set, starting at f/8 at 0.6 seconds.

BWpower3Studio Dancer
Jim Ingraham made this image in the studio with a very flexible and strong ballet dancer. He shot with a Nikon D700 and a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens set at 98mm and an aperture of f/11 at ISO 200. He wrote, “Four flashes were used. One for the backdrop, two to create rim lights on both sides of her and one fill flash positioned 30 degrees left of camera to fill in shadows on her back.”

BWpower4Wahconah Falls
Ron Gibson made this stately photo of the falls on an overcast day. The photo was taken with a Nikon D300S and a Nikkor 18-200mm lens at an exposure of f/16 at 15 seconds. No processing notes were supplied.

BWpower5Sand Painting
Photographer Valerie DeBiase wrote, “Walking along a local beach, I looked down and saw where the receding waters from a recent storm had left the sand in these beautiful, natural shapes.” She photographed with a Canon EOS 50D and a Tamron 18-270mm lens at 20mm. Exposure at ISO 1000 was 1/320 sec. She cloned out some small specks of debris in Photoshop.

BWpower6Have A Seat
This old chair sits in an abandoned house in Mason, Tennessee. Christy Hunter made this three-shot HDR with a Canon EOS 50D and a Sigma 18-50mm lens mounted on a Manfrotto tripod and ball head. The brackets were processed in Photomatix with black-and-white conversion in Lightroom.

Photographer Larry Mulvehill wrote, “Looking for images under the Ringling Bridge in Sarasota, Florida, I came across this lone fisherman.” The handheld exposure was 1/2 sec at ISO 400 using a 20mm Nikkor lens on a Nikon D200.

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Castles and Palaces

Castles and Palaces

castles001Castel Sant’Angelo, Italy
Photograph by Karen McDonald, National Geographic Your Shot
The cylindrical Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome, Italy, overlooks the Tiber River. It now functions as a museum.

castles002Rocca Calascio Sunrise
Photograph by Simone Angelucci, National Geographic Your Shot
The first light to Rocca Calascio, a medieval castle in the Province of L’Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy.

castles003Querini Castle, Greece
Photograph by george papapostolou, National Geographic Your Shot
This historic castle overlooks the town of Chora on Astypalaia, a Greek island in the southeastern Aegean Sea.

castles004Spellbound in Neuschwanstein, Germany
Photograph by Mira P., National Geographic Your Shot
This 19th-century Bavarian castle served as the inspiration for many of Walt Disney’s castles.

castles005Château de l’Islette, France
Photograph by Laurent M., National Geographic Your Shot
This castle is one of many located in the Loire Valley region of central France and once played host to famous artists like Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin.

castles006Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland
Photograph by Graham Harris Graham, National Geographic Your Shot
Overcast skies and slack water produce a haunting atmosphere around Eilean Donan Castle in the western Highlands of Scotland.

castles007Biltmore Estate, United States
Photograph by Jiahe Gu, National Geographic Your Shot
Built by George Vanderbilt, this 8,000-acre mansion in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina is the largest privately owned house in the United States.

castles008Kilchurn Castle, Scotland
Photograph by Graham Harris Graham, Your Shot
Kilchurn Castle, or “Fort of the Narrow Rock,” is sometimes blocked off by higher-than-usual water levels in Loch Awe, located in Argyll and Bute, Scotland.

castles009Anapji, South Korea
Photograph by Scott Rotzoll, National Geographic Your Shot
Located in Gyeongju National Park in South Korea, Anapji, also known as Anap Pond, belongs to a palace complex built during the Silla dynasty in 674 B.C.

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via nationalgeographic