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Introduction to Cinematography

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Contributed By Glen Berry

IMPORTANT CONCEPTS
  1. Cinematography Requires Focus
  2. Fundamentals Are Critical
  3. Light Trumps the Camera

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SUMMARY

  • The cinematography has an extraordinary number of things to keep in mind and the position requires an ability to focus on the task at hand.
  • It's easy to get distracted by complex shots and forget basics that can totally destroy the entire shoot. First things first.
  • Controlling light is a far more important skill for the cinematography than operating the camera.
LESSON
Introduction to Cinematography
Responsibilities of the Cinematographer and main areas of focus.
Composition and Mise-en-Scene
A description of mise-en-scene as well as how and why we want to create powerful compositions to display on the screen.
Focus and Depth of Field
The importance of focus, factors that effect depth of field and how to critical focus.
Shutter Speed and Aperture
A discussion of latitude, stops and the effect of shutter speed and aperture settings on exposure.
White Balance
The color quality of light , the Kelvin scale as well as the how and why of properly calibrating your camera.
Clapboard and Camera Log
How and why to mark your shots as well as maintaining a camera log.