I love trying out new films. My old favorites are Kodak Portra and Fuji Superia but sometimes I like to stray and try something different. I found out about Cinestill through Andrew and have been wanting to try it out ever since I started looking up examples online.
Basically, Cinestill is the same type of film that is used to make movies hence the name “cine” as in “cinema”. The 35mm version is relatively new and is a big deal because it can be processed C-41 which means it can be processed anywhere. It’s an 800 speed which is new for me, I’m partial to 400, and is a tungsten light film.
From their website, it reads:
Today, CineStill brings the wonders of cinema film technology to the still photographer. Now, anyone can use film in the same lighting situations as new blockbuster movies and TV shows such as Inception, Argo, Lincoln, all of the Batman movies, Django Unchained, Man of Steel, Les Misérables, The Master, the new Star Track films, the forthcoming Star Wars films, all Wes Anderson’s films, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Boardwalk Empire, Castle, True Blood, American Horror Story, 30 Rock, and the list goes on and on and on. No more switching to high ISO digital or on camera flash in tungsten lit environments, because CineStill 800Tungsten Xpro C-41 is now available to still photographers worldwide.
If you’ve been following me for awhile you’ll know this film is a big deal because of the post I did on movies that are still shot in film. This is the same type that is used.
Overall I liked it a lot. I want to shot it in way lower light – the sun was all over the place and it IS 800 ISO sooooo noise is going to be apparent. I think next time I shoot it it’ll be during sunset or at a time when the light is low. For post processing here I bumped the contrast a tinyyyyy bit and spot healed some dust (scanner needs a desperate cleaning). Other than that everything is as is as the negatives are.
Here are some digital renders of the above shoot:
Next post will be another Cinestill attempt. Thank you Kelsey for being a lovely model!
5 thoughts on “First Attempt With Cinestill”
I love the style you set up with Kelsey. It looks great. I’ve worked with the motion picture version of this film stock in 16mm, which curiously is rated at ASA 500, tungsten balanced. I guess when they removed the rem-jet layer it increased transmission. Did you shoot these with an 85 filter or just no filter and white balanced in post?
Thanks! I didn’t use a filter and all I did in post was bump the contrast a bit since I was shooting 800 in daylight – they are a bluish tone because of the tungsten I believe. But yeah, just bumped the contrast.
I’ve been trying out Cinestill myself, it can certainly be tricky sometimes, but I suppose that with your own scanner it works out a lot better!
I need to give it another go!
Might as well preorder some 50D as well, then! 🙂