Cinematography is the art of visual storytelling. Anyone can set a camera on a tripod and hit record, but the artistry of cinematography comes in controlling what the viewer sees (or doesn’t see) and how the image is presented. Film is a visual medium, and the best-shot films are ones where you can tell what’s going on without hearing any of the dialogue. With some basic knowledge of composition and scene construction, you can plan scenes using this visual language. Learn how different shots work together to form a clear, cohesive narrative and how to compose each shot in a way that is visually pleasing for the viewer. Understanding these simple rules will help make your films more thrilling and engaging. In this free eBook, we’ll cover:
- What is cinematography?
- The basics of cinematography
- Shot types and what they mean
- An objective vs. subjective camera
- Shooting a basic scene
- And more