How To Create Cinematic Film Look On A DSLR

Dec 8, 2015

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How To Create Cinematic Film Look On A DSLR

Dec 8, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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It’s true that movie makers are using big gear which helps them get great results. But it is also true that a big portion of those results are not only attributed to gear, but also to matriculates planning and careful attention to details.

Filmmaker and youtuber Simon Cade made it a point to shoot with a Canon T3i and is still getting fantastic results? Why? Probably because he is shooting very cinematic footage and applying some very basic rules.

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Simon notes the important clues that makes a video looks cinematic: Composition, Lighting, White Balance, The Exposure Triangle, Picture Style and Color Grading.

While each of those is a full world to master, learning just a bit on each one can have a great impact on your final product.

Here is a quick sequence that starts with Simon doing everything “wrong” and then applying the steps one by one to get a cinematic frame:

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and here is a brutal before after:

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6 responses to “How To Create Cinematic Film Look On A DSLR”

  1. Cave Art Films Avatar
    Cave Art Films

    @DSLRguidance Simon is bang on again. I shoot Neutral on my EOS-M. Is there a better User Def setting?

    1. Christopher Lirette Avatar
      Christopher Lirette

      Yes, there is: Technicolor makes a profile called “Cinestyle,” that you can download from their website (not sure if you can post links here, so google cinestyle download). Just follow the instructions on Technicolor’s website to get it onto your camera.

      Cinestyle gives a flatter color palette, trying to emulate a log profile on actual cine cameras. This gives you much more opportunity to color grade your image. If you are shooting stills in jpeg, make sure to not select cinestyle (it won’t matter what profile you use in RAW).

    2. Christopher Lirette Avatar
      Christopher Lirette

      In case it allows links, here’s the Cinestyle link: http://www.technicolor.com/en/solutions-services/cinestyle

      1. udi tirosh Avatar
        udi tirosh

        this is wonderful! can you use this on Sony A7X cameras?

        1. Christopher Lirette Avatar
          Christopher Lirette

          Unfortunately, no. But… Sony has a bunch of cine profiles, if I’m not mistaken, including s-log. Check out this link for info on it: http://www.xdcam-user.com/2014/08/exposing-and-using-slog2-on-the-sony-a7s-part-one-gamma-and-exposure/

  2. Mark Davis Avatar
    Mark Davis

    Good video. I shoot with 3 Canon T3i’s all have the latest version of Magic Lantern installed on them. you can see all of my work following what is taught here and and other places at facebook.com/pixelmadness420