Cinematic street frames

Cinematic street frames

Here is an ongoing project I started recently, and will be updating in a semi-regular basis.

These is regular Street photography with the twist being the "cinematic" style applied. Since the word may have different meanings for different people, and because quite a few people do this, I should explain the way I see this line of work better.

The principal purpose is conveying a certain mood and feel through the photograph, by a combination of subject, gesture, framing and color. This is a subjective matter, so here is my short  checklist in no particular order:

  1. Subject matter involving daily life, giving the general impression of watching a documentary
  2. Generally speaking, shallow DoF (except where not appropriate). In general, these are mainly "isolation" shots
  3. Use of directional light (again, in most cases)
  4. Use of the cinematic 2.39:1 anamorphic aspect ratio
  5. Processing: this generally involves higher than usual contrast and clarity, WB alterations to carry the intended mood, use of vignetting and, of course, color grading in the cinematic style. This is again very subjective, but would be immediately recognizable as a style you usually encounter in motion pictures. Goes without saying that there is no Photoshop scene manipulation (e.g. removing items) involved.

All processing is being done in Lightroom, through a couple of specific presets I have made for this purpose. Gear wise, all shots are with Fuji cameras and lenses: X-E2, X-T1 and X-Pro2, with the XF 35mm f/1.4, XF 56mm f/1.2, XF 23mm f/1.4 and, for certain wider shots, XF 14mm f/2.8

Here is the current gallery, which will be updated as the project evolves:


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