"I can't think how anyone can become a director without learning the craft of cinematography."
~ Gus Van Sant
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Director of Photography • Cinematographer • Videographer • Gaffer
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A collection of books on the art and craft of shooting film and video. (*These are affiliate links)
Cinematography: Theory and Practice covers both the artistry and craftsmanship of cinematography and visual storytelling. Few art forms are as tied to their tools and technology as is cinematography.
This is the only book that combines conceptual and practical instruction on creating polished and eloquent images for film and video with the technical know-how to achieve them.
How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck is a quick and easy guide that will make your video better instantly-- whether you read it cover to cover or just skim a few chapters.
With the aid of photographs and diagrams, this text concisely presents concepts and techniques of motion picture camerawork and the allied areas of film-making with which they interact with and impact. Included are discussions on: cinematic time and space; compositional rules; and types of editing.
Lighting for Cinematography, the first volume in the new CineTech Guides to the Film Crafts series, is the indispensable guide for film and video lighting.
WHERE INSPIRATION MEETS TECHNICAL CRAFT, this guide to professional filmmaking with a GoPro is packed with hundreds of beautiful photos and interactive links to videos created by professional athletes, filmmakers, and inspired GoPro users around the world.
Film is an art of light, but the art of Hollywood lighting remains so subtle that it usually escapes our attention ... light can sharpen our attention, shift our expectations, and shape our emotions.
What the industry's most successful writers and directors have in common is that they have mastered the cinematic conventions specific to the medium.
A collection of gear and equipment to help you get started with your cinematography ventures on your micro-budgeted films.
What was shot using this lens adapter and an iPhone? Watch the trailer to "Tangerine".
When using either the T6i or GH4, the cameras are small enough that you won't need a large tripod. This assumes that you won't be adding rods for a matte box and follow focus setup.
Many wedding videographers utilize monopods for capturing quick shots. This could be used for a run-and-gun type shooting style for your film.
One of the benefits of using either the T6i or GH4 is the flipable LCD screen. Having one of these portable hoods to see your footage in the bright sun is extremely helpful.
It's crazy that you can purchase a complete lighting kit with a green screen for under $200! The construction of the stands and lights may not be the best, so you'll have to take extra care at making sure you don't break anything, but it still works just fine.
The expansion of the LED lighting technology has made it easier for filmmakers to lug around portable kits to any location, especially when using the optional battery power.
A collection of podcasts and podcast episodes that cover different aspects of cinematography.
The Wandering DP Podcast is the ultimate source for cinematography knowledge, news, and interviews. From one on one interviews with some of today's top directors of photography to educational components on how you can capture better images, it is your home for information on the art of digital cinematography.
A collection of videos that will help you become a better cinematographer.
Bryan Krauss has amassed a collection of 30 videos on the topic cinematography basics.
Wolfcrow has assembled a very technical guide to cinematography with over 20 videos to learn from.
Indy Mogul offers this 10-part video series on lighting for film.
Cinematography Database offers a 16-part video series on advanced lighting techniques for film and video.
A collection of online courses that you can take right now to help you get started with shooting better film and video. (*Affiliate links)
You want to get better at shooting video, right?
This online Cinematography Course will teach you how to shoot beautiful videos with any camera.
This course is designed to teach you the ins and outs of professional cinematography - the art of making motion pictures. While there are plenty of video courses, it's hard to find a comprehensive course that teaches you everything you'd want to know about shooting video.
This is the course for you, taught by a professional Hollywood cinematographer.
- Learn the basics of getting great shots with any camera
- Use the manual settings on your camera to expose your shot properly
- Learn how to use camera movement to get more impressive shots
- Light your video sets with traditional filmmaking techniques and lighting setups
- Become a professional director of photography (cinematographer) with tips on how to find work in the video/film industry
- Make money shooting videos
Improve Your Video Creation with This Complete Course
- Camera Features
- Shutter Speed, Aperture, and Iso
- Camera Movements
- Lighting Basics.
The course is taught in a clear and concise manner, getting straight to the point to get you out there filming. This course also comes with downloadable pdfs, charts, quizzes, and even an Ebook, as well as access to me through my virtual office hours. If you have been on the fence about getting into cinematography, or overwhelmed with it, let this course be the one that teaches you the fundamentals to help start your cinematography journey. The course will take approximately 1 hour to complete.
- The Capturing Light Course is meant for beginner students who aspire to become camera operators and cinematographers.
- No prior camera or film experience is required.
- This course is not for you if you are a seasoned or an experienced cinematographer
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