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There's more to being a DP than holding a light meter! With this book as your guide, you are on your way to learning not only about the equipment and technology, but also about the concepts and thought processes that will enable you to shoot professionally, efficiently, and with artistic mastery. A leading book in the field, Cinematography has been translated into many languages and is a staple at the world's top film schools. Lavishly produced and illustrated, it covers the entire range of the profession. The book is not just a comprehensive guide to current professional practice; it goes beyond to explain the theory behind the practice, so you understand how the rules came about and when it's appropriate to break them. In addition, directors will benefit from the book's focus on the body of knowledge they should share with their Director of Photography.
Cinematography presents the basics and beyond, employing clear explanations of standard practice together with substantial illustrations and diagrams to reveal the real world of film production.
Recognizing that professionals know when to break the rules and when to abide by them, this book discusses many examples of fresh ideas and experiments in cinematography. Covering the most up-to-date information on the film/digital interface, new formats, the latest cranes and camera support and other equipment, it also illustrates the classic tried and true methods.
New! A DVD and website features hours of video footage, offering key instruction in topics such as camera basics and essentials, lighting, shooting methods, and much more.
. Concepts of filmmaking
. Language of the lens
. Cinematic continuity
. Lighting for film, digital, and HD
. HD cinematography and shooting
. Shooting in HD
. Image control and filters
. Bleach bypass processes
. Lighting as storytelling
. Shooting special effects
. Set procedures and other issues
The DVD files are also available at http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/cw/brown-9780240812090/.
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Focal Press; 2 edition (July 18, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 10 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
on October 30, 2011
By Nathan Shepherd
avishly produced and illustrated, Cinematography covers the entire range of the profession. The book is not just a comprehensive guide to current professional practice; it goes beyond to explain the theory behind the practice, so you understand how the rules came about and when it’s appropriate to break them. In addition, directors will benefit from the book’s focus on the body of knowledge they should share with their Director of Photography.
I loved it.
on October 8, 2012
By Edith P Tower
It was so cheap and helped me so much in filmmaking. I loved it. Some sections of it were not as helpful as others, but in all its a really helpful resource.
Bravo, Mr. Brown!
on November 24, 2011
By Wayne L. Hess
This is a true update of a true classic performed by a true professional and teacher. The first edition has been my creative companion for several years. It has been my go-to resource for reinforcing the basics, and serves as a yardstick to measure my current level of knowledge. The first time I read it (one sitting, while waiting at LAX) I understood some stuff, but it did set my course toward cinematographer, and established the framework for the stuff I had to learn and experience in order to craft stunning images that tell compeling stories. I’m still working on that; and the worn, marked-up pages are falling out of my first edition.
I know that hands-on experience is the best teacher, but for a single book to convey …
on September 24, 2016
By Jason Pern
Wow, blown away by the level of detail in this book. I’ve been learning cinematography on my own for the past year and the level of detail in this book is just astounding. I know that hands-on experience is the best teacher, but for a single book to convey this level of detail is really helpful in grasping a lot of concepts that would be hard to get if you aren’t a professional cinematographer and don’t work on a film set.
Lights, camera, action. Okay, we got “camera” covered with this book. And I do mean covered.
on June 25, 2017
Lighting styles, camera techniques, choosing the right camera lenses, using cookies (no, not the ones grandma makes), getting the glare off windows, how to take a photo or shoot footage that would make Ansel Adams smile.
on September 2, 2017
By Martin Fouts
interesting introduction, but perhaps could be a bit deeper.
One book that will make cinematography much easier to understand
on September 26, 2013
By Laurent de laroche
As a 2d/3d Artist constantly creating content , images and dealing with cameras in both 2d plane and 3d virtual environment creation, I was always concern about having the right framing to tell the right story and having the right composition. Since I bought this book , it gave me a totally new perspective what to look forward in creating believable and interesting camera composition for my virtual creations. Now I am able to understand more and have a reference book to go back in , in moments of doubt. This is a well written book that is very easy to understand and relate to, even if you are totally new to the world of cinematography. A must have for both the creative environment shot design artist, the movie director, and anything inbetween. Even architectural visualisation could benefit from it.
on May 22, 2017
By Nancy negron
Thank you !
A great reference tool
on May 2, 2014
By Rachel Bartlett
I found “Cinematography: Theory and Practice…” an effective reference tool. It is easy to find the area I wish to explore and read the individual component without having to have read prior sections. There is ample depth on each of the core practical and stylistic elements relevant to film production, but it is highly accessible for those beginning their craft or for those with some knowledge requiring review.
I’m a very experienced photographer and now DSLR video shooter …
on June 30, 2016
By Ronny L.
I’m a very experienced photographer and now DSLR video shooter but this book showed me how little I know about cinematography. I’ve learned a lot I can use and gained a healthy respect for cinematographers and videographers.
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