What Does a Cinematographer Do? What They Consider and Why

Cinematographers obviously play a vital role in making a film, but what decisions do they make on a daily basis? The cinematographer’s primary goal is to capture the director’s vision. Using lighting, camera, and composition techniques, a DP translates that vision into images. This post goes over the common considerations with explanations from working professionals.… Continue reading What Does a Cinematographer Do? What They Consider and Why

What is Celluloid Film — A Brief History of Motion Picture Film

In the world of movie making we have today, any digital device with video functionality can help you tell a story, from your mobile phone to your computer’s webcam. But what about celluloid film? What is celluloid film, even? We still call movies “films,” right? Film stock used to be the only way major movies… Continue reading What is Celluloid Film — A Brief History of Motion Picture Film

Different Types of Camera Shots and Angles in Film

Close UpsOpen menu Extreme Close-Up (ECU) Close-Up (CU) Medium Close-Up (MCU) Medium ShotsOpen menu Medium Shot (MS) Cowboy Shot (CS) Medium Full Shot (MFS) Wide ShotsOpen menu Full Shot (FS) Wide Shot (WS) Extreme Wide Shot (EWS) More ShotsOpen menu All Shots & Angles Camera Shot Ultimate Guide Create Free Shot List Now Camera ShotsGet… Continue reading Different Types of Camera Shots and Angles in Film

Point of View Shots: Creative Camera Movements & Angles

Types of FramingOpen menu Establishing Shot Single Shot Two Shot Over the Shoulder Insert Shot POV Shot More ShotsOpen menu All Shots & Angles Camera Shot Ultimate Guide Create Free Shot List Now W hen you’re working on a movie or TV show, it can be hard to plant the audience inside the character’s point of… Continue reading Point of View Shots: Creative Camera Movements & Angles

What is Shutter Speed and Its Role in the Exposure Triangle?

Exposure Triangle Aperture ISO Shutter Speed Frame Rate Shot List Creator We all know the sound that a camera makes. That satisfying click when we press the button and create our photograph. What we’re hearing is the camera’s shutter. That sound is the shutter moving up and down. It moves the same way every time… Continue reading What is Shutter Speed and Its Role in the Exposure Triangle?

What is Cinematography? Defining the Art and Craft

Making films isn’t just an art. It takes years of practice to cultivate a consistent craft and keen eye for filmmaking. It’s what separates great cinematography from cliche movie making. You’ve probably heard the term a million times, but what is cinematography? Before honing a craft, a deep knowledge of what it entails is critical.Continue… Continue reading What is Cinematography? Defining the Art and Craft

17 Best 360 Cameras — The Ultimate Buying Guide (2021)

BIf you’ve decided it’s time to upgrade your gear collection to a 360 camera, it’s good to know a bit about what’s out there. The majority of these omnidirectional cameras are video, but it’s noted when they’re solely for photography. This is a buying guide to the best 360 cameras on the market today. Continue… Continue reading 17 Best 360 Cameras — The Ultimate Buying Guide (2021)

What is a Leko Light and How to Use It — Lighting Techniques

Gaffers and Cinematographers know the benefits of the Leko light. Once solely used for lighting up auditoriums and concert venues, these lights can now level up your scenes without spending more than a couple hundred dollars. For those unfamiliar, let’s go deeper. What is a Leko light and how can you use it on set?Continue… Continue reading What is a Leko Light and How to Use It — Lighting Techniques

What is the Exposure Triangle? Aperture, ISO and Shutter Speed

Exposure Triangle Aperture ISO Shutter Speed Frame Rate Shot List Creator Light is responsible for every image captured in both photography and cinematography. How a camera captures light is determined by three variables that make up what is known as the exposure triangle. What is the exposure triangle? How can each one of its three… Continue reading What is the Exposure Triangle? Aperture, ISO and Shutter Speed

The Different Types of Camera Lenses for Video and Photography

TYPES OF LENSESLENS BASICSPRIMEZOOMWIDE ANGLETELEPHOTO Finding the right lens for your camera can vastly improve your images and overall production. But learning what you need to know about video and photo camera lenses can be expensive and time-consuming. In this article, we explain the different types of camera lenses so that you can understand which… Continue reading The Different Types of Camera Lenses for Video and Photography

Camera Lenses Explained – Decoding the Types of Camera Lenses (Free Ebook)

Camera Lenses Explained: Vol. 1 (FREE Ebook)A comprehensive and accessible guide for photographers and cinematographers looking to master camera lenses. Download Now The Different Camera LensesUnderstanding the types of camera lenses is your first step towards the perfect imageCamera lenses have a massive impact on the overall presentation of the image. From the lighting, composition… Continue reading Camera Lenses Explained – Decoding the Types of Camera Lenses (Free Ebook)

5 Best Film Lighting Techniques: Filmmaker’s Guide to a Cinematic Look

S hooting projects on a budget can mean limitations on your gear. So how can you maintain a “cinematic” look without a cube truck full of lighting equipment? In today’s post, we’ll examine what exactly it means to have a cinematic look. Then we’ll break down several lighting techniques that are achievable on any budget. Although… Continue reading 5 Best Film Lighting Techniques: Filmmaker’s Guide to a Cinematic Look

Exposure – The Ultimate Guide to the Exposure Triangle (Free Ebook)

The Exposure Triangle: Ultimate Guide (FREE Ebook)A comprehensive and accessible guide for photographers and cinematographers looking to master the Exposure Triangle.We’ll cover Aperture, ISO, Shutter Speed and their fundamental relationship in capturing perfect exposure.  Download Now Exposure Triangle PhotographyOnce you master the Exposure Triangle, you’ll be able to conquer any lighting scenarioBeing able to execute… Continue reading Exposure – The Ultimate Guide to the Exposure Triangle (Free Ebook)

What is ISO? And How Does it Work with Aperture and Shutter Speed

Exposure Triangle Aperture ISO Shutter Speed Frame Rate Shot List Creator When you take a photo or shoot a video, are you an expert on lighting? Maybe you don’t want to take the time to master lighting techniques, and that’s perfectly fine because you don’t have to. But you do need to know what ISO… Continue reading What is ISO? And How Does it Work with Aperture and Shutter Speed

What is a Green Screen Used For and How Do They Work?

Insert Content Template or Symbol Ever watch a sci-fi movie and wonder how they filmed it? Are there secret movie studios on the Moon? Mars? Westeros? Unfortunately not, the answer is far less gratifying. Instead of Mars, it was probably filmed in a warehouse. However, luckily for us, chroma keying is cheaper and a lot… Continue reading What is a Green Screen Used For and How Do They Work?

What Is a Focus Chart, How They Work, and Where To Get One

Before you yell, “Action,” you need to make sure the subject in your frame is in the sharpest, cleanest focus possible. This is known as critical focus, and it makes all the difference in having a professional-looking video and an amateur one. You need the right tools on-set to properly calibrate your camera. Right now,… Continue reading What Is a Focus Chart, How They Work, and Where To Get One

Basics of Film Lighting — 4 Qualities of Light You Should Know

Have you ever wondered how to make your films look like the pros? You might feel inclined to blame your camera, your lenses, your budget, but that would be the wrong response. All of the great cinematographers study the characteristics of light. Learning how to control the fundamentals of lighting will allow you to shape light… Continue reading Basics of Film Lighting — 4 Qualities of Light You Should Know