Tag Archives: Cinematography

Cinematic Photography by “Variety of Light”

The is something about the look and feel of movies that’s captured the public attention for over a hundred years. Maybe it’s the size of the silver screen that makes its stories and emotions larger than life. Maybe it’s the unforgettable characters that become a part of our lives. Or maybe it’s the way we see the world through lenses and film.

Photography has always been a rival sibling to cinema. While blockbuster movies gets all the glory and attention, a single still frame can be hauntingly more powerful than we can ever imagine. So when somebody combines the best of cinema and still photography, the effect is that much more powerful.

iLHP is proud to feature Herbert from Variety of Light and his cinematic still photography. There is a melancholic beauty to his images. We spoke with the man and tried to understand the inspirations behind his beautiful photographs.


iLHP: Hi Herbert, thank you for speaking with us today. Could you please tell us about yourself? 

Herbert: Hi Ed. I grew up in Germany in a family full of photographers and so it was inevitable that I’ve learned that stuff right as a child. My very first camera was a Voigtländer Vito B and I started with black and white film which our father developed in his darkroom.


I’ve used that camera quite some years until my interest shifted a bit when I was a young man. Later and when digital photography emerged and since the introduction of mirror-less cameras, photography gained my attention again and today it’s my hobby and passion.


iLHP: I first came across your work via your website called Variety of Light. Your works are gorgeously cinematic in terms of composition but especially tone and color. How did you develop your style? 

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Cinemagraphs for the Upcoming Feature Film, “Devils in Disguise”

Cinemagraphs blend still photographs with an element of motion, adding a touch of the extraordinary while holding true to its ageless medium. These are not videos or video GIFs. They are photographs with a spark of life.

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First featured in the mainstream during the 20th cycle of America’s Next Top Model and, of course, the memorable Harry Potter movie series, the company Flixel has made creating cinemagraphs easier than ever. I’ve done it the hard way through Photoshop but Flixel’s Cinemagraph Pro app makes the whole process so seamless that I’ve decided to forego our usual How-To’s because all you need to do is buy their software and watch this video. It’s that easy. Take our word for it, because iLHP is not sponsored by Flixel even though we totally should be by now. 😉


With our new digital tools, we collaborated with director, actor, model, and writer extraordinaire Guillaume Campanacci to take promo shots for his upcoming movie “Devils in Disguise,” starring the lovingly talented Magen Mattox and Montanna Leigh Gillis.

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4K Video Photography, the Latest Stake into the Hearts of Traditionalists

Remember the digital vs film debate, no more than 10 years old? Some still insists on film being alive. Well it’s not. It’s dead, it’s just not extinct yet. But just as even the most diehard of traditionalists and the “righteous” have finally gotten over inserting memory cards rather than rolls of acetate into their rectangular boxes, another wave of innovation and, god forbid change, is swelling just over the horizon. It’s going to solve the ultimate Achilles’ heel of the still photography format. It’s going to put some people out of business. And it’s going to put off a lot of people.

Nothing to see here, another pretty lady on the cover of a photography magazine, right? Wrong. The cover image is not shot by a still photography camera. It is a single frame pulled from a 4k video, clean enough to grace the cover of a magazine. Image from http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/latest/photo-news/could-4k-video-replace-traditional-photography-ap-shoots-its-first-ever-cover-image-on-4k-video-33704

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Aspect Ratios – Legacy or Aesthetics? (Part 2: The Hollywood Influence)

Last time in Part 1, we took the deep dive into the world of aspect ratios. We asked why most photographs are 3×2 rectangles. We understood what the Greeks had to do with it all. Finally, we questioned why does it have to be this way. It was all very abstract and cerebral. But this time, it will be short and sweet. It will be a video actually.

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Yale University’s Film Studies on Cinematography

Cinematography is closely related to photography. A lot of its principles in composition, lighting, and framing are analogous to still images, and without a doubt, cinema is the pinnacle of the visual-art medium for the last hundred years. During my online research, I came across a wonderful resource that is full of easily digestible information. It is the website for Film Analysis at the Yale University.

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