What is a Wide Angle Lens — And When to Use One

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Film Lighting Techniques — How to Get a Cinematic Look

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What Does a Cinematographer Do? DP Wally Pfister Explains

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30 Best Cinematography Techniques & Tips You Didn’t Learn in Film School

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Low Light Photography & Cinematography — Examples & Tips

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What is Key Light — Definition & Examples in Photo & Film

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What is Practical Lighting in Film? Tips and Techniques Explained

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What is the Exposure Triangle — Aperture, ISO & Shutter Speed

Exposure TriangleOpen menu What is the 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… Continue reading What is the Exposure Triangle — Aperture, ISO & Shutter Speed

Film Lighting — The Ultimate Guide (w/ Video & Cheatsheet)

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The 27 Best Film Cinematographers That Everyone Should Know

The best cinematographers are artists, technicians, diplomats, and accountants. Choosing the best cinematographers is tough and extremely subjective but this list is full of talented people. If you want your film to look like it was shot by one of the world’s best cinematographers, read on. We’ve broken down the key cinematic techniques that the… Continue reading The 27 Best Film Cinematographers That Everyone Should Know

Camera Crew Positions & Camera Department Explained

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Sicario Border Scene Breakdown — How to Direct Tension like Villeneuve

There’s no question that Denis Villeneuve knows how to create a memorable scene. His distinct, visually striking style lends itself to profound cinematic moments that leave an imprint long after you exit the theater. One of such scenes is undoubtedly the Sicario border scene. Sicario is one of Villeneuve’s most complex works, with open-ended morality and… Continue reading Sicario Border Scene Breakdown — How to Direct Tension like Villeneuve

How to Develop a Movie Script — Characters, Structure & Goals

You finally started writing that great screenplay idea and put words to paper. But all of a sudden you realize that you may have the foundation of your story, but not the details. This is not an uncommon problem. So we decided to address this uncommon problem and lay out tips that will help you… Continue reading How to Develop a Movie Script — Characters, Structure & Goals

What is Volumetric Lighting — Definition and Examples

What defines a cinematic shot? For many of us, it is the result of masterful cinematography that creates depth, tone, and tells a story through lighting and camera work. One lighting technique that can help achieve all of these things is volumetric lighting. What is volumetric lighting in filmmaking? Odds are, you have seen this… Continue reading What is Volumetric Lighting — Definition and Examples

What is a Cinematographer — And How to Become One

As an inherently visual medium, cinema massively depends on the craft of cinematography. And behind brilliant cinematography is a brilliant cinematographer. As a role that is quite literally behind the camera, the cinematographer’s role is often misunderstood. What is a cinematographer and what do they do? In this article, we’ll provide some clarity on what… Continue reading What is a Cinematographer — And How to Become One

Blade Runner 2049 Cinematography — Lighting, Color & Camera

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What is Backlight Photography — Lighting Techniques Explained

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