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We asked one of our Featured Photographers Max Weir to play around with the Cine Collection Update 2.0. For this, he organised a shoot and edited his images with the presets. Here's how he got on, and his thoughts on using the Cine Collection Update 2.0...

 

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The guys at The Preset Factory got in touch with me to see if I would like to test out their new update to the Cine Collection preset package. I was tasked to shoot a number of different models in different locations and environments to see what I could create with these new exciting tools.

 

Max Weir Photography - Before and After using the Cine Collection

Photography by Max Weir / Edited with the Cine Collection Update 2.0

 

Planning/ Pre-production

So my initial thoughts to this project were a combination of excitement but challenging. I wanted to step out of comfort zone and there’s no better way to do that than to use someone else’s tools that you’re not use to and edit your work whilst trying to maintain your style. Then there’s the more technical side which is gear. I’ve recently changed camera bodies from Canon to Sony and I know from my own experience that they see light and colour in a slightly different way and don’t necessary have that same DSLR look, which could make things interesting.

 

I knew I wanted to capture something that’s slighting different to what I’d normally do, but still retaining a hint of my own style. With the Cine Collection your initial thought’s on how your shots are going to end up looking like are anything relating to movies. Something quite moody crushed blacks, strong contrast and tones. 

 

Max Weir Photography - Shoot with the Cine Collection

Photography by Max Weir / Edited with the Cine Collection Update 2.0

 

When it came to choosing who I wanted to work with, I wanted to make sure the models had different features that stood out from each other. Seeing as I needed to shoot in different locations, I wanted to be able to create different looks with each model within the location. So working with Charley, Wiktoria and Jenny gave me this great opportunity.

 

I’d done quite a bit of scouting for some locations. My initial thoughts were to shoot in an urban/ street environment, woodland and indoors. It was just a case of driving around and finding something that was suitable for the ideas I had.

 

Max Weir Photography - Shoot with the Cine Collection

Photography by Max Weir / Edited with the Cine Collection Update 2.0

 

Shooting

I’m currently shooting with the Sony Alpha a7rii. I’ve had it for a good few months now and absolutely love it, and my go to lens that I’m shooting most of my current work and also shot this project with is the Sigma 35mm Art lens. Then I was shooting in natural light, sometimes I use reflectors if I feel like it’s needed, but most of the time it’s just a case of finding that right location and getting lucky with your light.

 

Max Weir Photography - Photoshoot for Cine Collection

Max Weir: Behind the Scenes on Location

 

In terms of the styling, we were going with a vintage look and had clothes supplied by an amazing vintage store called Jolly Browns. I wanted to try use strong colours and clothes that were going to stand out so I could see how they were going to hold up with the colour grading the Cine collection has to offer. I think it worked out really well and the outfits were great as well as the locations, we managed to get some really great shots.

 

Max Weir Photography - Shoot with the Cine Collection

Photography by Max Weir / Edited with the Cine Collection Update 2.0

 

Editing

When it came to editing, after making my selection I take my photos into Adobe photoshop to do any skin retouching and touch ups and then take them into Adobe Lightroom where I’ll do any quick adjustments/ corrections such as white balance, exposure and lens correction if its needed, before my colour grading.

 

Max Weir Photography - Edited in Lightroom

Max Weir: Behind the Scenes Editing

 

I tried to go with one preset for each model and work with that, for example I mainly used the TPF Cine 4 as my based with Charley and then went from there, getting the right skin tones and adjusting the colours. My style tends to be quite de-saturated, washed out and grainy. So I wanted to try show that as well as maintaining the cine style as best I could.

 

Max Weir Photography - Before and After Cine Collection presets

Max Weir Photography - Before and After Cine Collection presets

Max Weir Photography - Before and After Cine Collection presets

Max Weir Photography - Before and After Cine Collection presets

Max Weir Photography - Before and After Cine Collection presets

Images by Max Weir / Edited with the Cine Collection Update 2.0

 

Conclusion

All in all I think the final results look great. It’s defiantly something new and different to what I’m used to. It was fun to use presets whilst trying to incorporate your own style into it as well. I toughly enjoyed the project, loved using the Cine Collection and highly recommend it.

 

 

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Max Weir Portrait

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