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What Is Cinematic?

Cinematic refers to ‘Cinema’ as you would think. However this term ‘Cinematic’ is appearing more and more recently when talking about photography. The particular look cinema offers is becoming appealing to photographers. With the change over now with digital SLR’s being able to shoot video, the demand for this look is ever increasing. With people shooting images which strive to appear like a still from a movie. This is where the term ‘cinematic’ appears from.
This refers to many things including, the frame, with different aspect ratio’s being used, 16:9 crops are often used in images now to give us that ‘cinematic’ look. As well as this, colour is a key feature, the colours in cinema usually produced from the lighting around the scene is something which photographers are striving for. To make the light look how it does to the eye, rather than to how it does to the camera. Hollywood seem to have mastered this, and you can see in many movie’s the perfect colour grading from getting that right early morning blue tones, and the cyan/green tones from artificial lighting around an outdoor petrol station perhaps. This is something which photographers are striving for, and as cinema has become an ever present feature in contemporary living, this makes sense completely.

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