Give your Photos a Movie Like Effect

Ever wondered why even normal scenes in movies or TV shows looks good, even simpler things like roads, street lights and buildings etc all look good.  First of all these are shot by really good cameras and by skilled people. Credit also goes to post production team which process raw shots and make it look even more appealing to eyes.

So now when every one of us has decent cameras, why not use one of the tricks used by movie makers? Let’s begin with simplest tweak they do and that is color correction. What you will notice when watching any movie now that most scenes have a blue tint. To my understanding what this do is calm down the loud color and make whole picture smoother. Have a look at these two scenes, the one at top is from the movie ‘Ghost Rider’ and second one is of Mr. Clarkson from popular TV show “Top Gear” on BBC World and this is a still from the TV show where he was talking with a F1 driver.. anyway that’s off topic.

You will clearly notice the blue tint in both these pictures. Enough explanation and let’s see what we can do to duplicate this trick. What I also noticed that this blue tint works great when the image has lots of green color in it. So I take a picture of raw green mangoes that I took last summer using a simple point and shoot camera. And it clearly looks nothing extra ordinary.

To give it that blue tint I open this image in Adobe Photoshop and go to ‘Color Balance’ setting.

Now I select the Tone Balance to ‘Shadows’ and move the slider marked ‘Yellow’ towards blue side. I keep it sliding till I get the desired tone of blue. 

And that’s it! I get a perfectly blue tinted image of my mangoes that now look like some still from Discovery or Nat Geo program.

You can do the same with your photos and make them look more appealing. You can also try other shades and see if it makes your image more attractive. Happy tinting! Sad thing is now whenever I am watching a movie, instead of enjoying the scene my brain tells me “Oh look its blue tint there!”, like a universal movie spoiler has been installed in my brain.

Mohd. Hashim Khan

I work as a freelance web designer and developer and enjoys fiddling with machines and electronics stuff. I am also working as a part time computer teacher at Aligarh Muslim University. I share my knowledge on various topics here so that others can make use of it and take benefit from my experiences.

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