A photographer explains to PetaPixel how to give photos the look of Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer movie.
Matt Solie (@ayitsphotography), from Vancouver, Canada, says it all comes down to using greens correctly.
“Oppenheimer has many different visual looks, but the most prominent is the scenes containing a duller green tone and darker shadows,” he says.
“This can be replicated using the tone curve, color grading, and lowered darks as shown in my video. Shooting your photos with a very direct focal point as well as the photo having depth can also make your photo more cinematic and match that 65mm film look!”
Solie posted a video to his TikTok page where he shows his audience how to use Adobe Lightroom to make the photos look like Oppenheimer.
@ayitsphotography how to make your photos look like OPPENHEIMER! 📸🔥 #oppenheimer #christophernolan #emilyblunt #florencepugh #film #lightroom #lightroompreset #photography #fyp ♬ Solitude ( Felsmann + Tiley Reinterpretation) – Slowed Down – M83 & Felsmann + Tiley
“Although I was unfortunately not able to catch the film in a true 65mm large format showing, I watched the movie on IMAX the weekend it opened and adored it,” Solie says.
“I am a huge fan of biopics; the way Christopher Nolan conveyed the life of this important yet flawed scientist kept me engaged throughout the entire movie (which is a feat considering its three-hour run time!)
“The use of practical effects throughout filming was a marvel of cinematography, in my opinion. It was a pleasure to watch how much emotion was conveyed in each of the shots.”
Solie says he was “super excited” about Oppenheimer’s release and also made a video on Oppenheimer’s unlikely cinema pairing: Barbie.
“Once I saw that ‘Barbenheimer’ was taking the internet by storm, I knew it was a perfect opportunity to make a video on both films and show people how to recreate their looks!”
@ayitsphotography how to make your photos look like BARBIE! 📸🛍 #barbie #barbiemovie #pink #dreamy #barbiegirl #margotrobbie #lightroompreset #lightroom #photography #fyp ♬ Speed Drive (From Barbie The Album) – Charli XCX
Solie focuses on teaching photography on his TikTok and online platforms, specifically photo editing and Adobe Lightroom.
“[I] showcase cinematic videos I have made and compilations of my photography,” he adds.
“When I started my account in early 2021, I never would have thought that editing would become my primary source of content, yet it is what most people know me for now — and I love it!”
Solie says that it’s been great seeing how much attention a movie such as Oppenheimer has received. “I can’t wait to see what movie comes into the spotlight next,” he adds.
Image credits: All photos by Matt Solie/@ayitsphotography.