A few months ago I came across an article by Jonas Rask, a photographer I recently began following on Instagram. In it, he outlines a few techniques for emulating movie stills from photographs and I’ve been excited to give it a try ever since.
The primary tool Jonas mentions is Photoshop, but I’ve only been shooting with my cameras for a matter of months and have yet to drop the hundreds of dollars Adobe charges for their Creative Cloud suite (though that’s eventually the plan).
Instead, I used a few workarounds which were a bit of pain and probably degraded image quality a bit, but it was free and the results are super cool.
The edits and cropping were done in Apple Photos while the black bars I added from my iPhone with the Squaready app. The issue there is that the app produces images with 1:1 ratio since it’s intended for Instagram, so I went back to my computer to give the photos a 3:2 ratio and reduce the excess black bars on the tops and bottoms.
In the end, the results are nearly the same and the final effect is that you can almost feel the motion in each image just like watching a movie!