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Cinematography: Defining the art and craft

Filmmaking is not just a simple art. It demands a long-term dedication and practice to nurture the craft with an enhanced skill of detailed eying. Great cinematography stands out because of these aspects. 

Filmmaking is not just a simple art. It demands a long-term dedication and practice to nurture the craft with an enhanced skill of detailed eying. Great cinematography stands out because of these aspects. A few of you may be wanting to become a cinematographer. Some of you may consider cinematography as an art, while some may regard it as a craft. What exactly is the cinematography, then? Is it an art or a craft? Technically speaking, cinematography is an art and science of recording the light either chemically onto a film or electronically onto an image sensor. However, in general terms, cinematography can be better defined as an art and craft of making motion pictures by capturing the story visually. 

The word is said to be derived from Greek for “writing with movement.” Each image captured with the best camera for cinematography is composed on the screen. The cinematography elements embrace but are not limited to all on-screen aspects like lighting, framing composition, camera motion, camera angles, lens choices, focus, zoom, color, filtration and exposure. The overall look and temper of the visual narration of a movie are set and supported by its cinematographer. The cinematographer also takes the responsibility of ensuring that all visual elements are cohesive and support the story.Some of the most significant cinematography elements are:

● Lighting – Cinematography is what we see on the screen and hence it portrays how well or horrible is the lighting.

● Shot size – This factor determines how much of the scene is actually visible. In other words, it describes whether it is a close-up shot or a broader view.

● Camera focus – Cinematographer, should be aware of the focusing options of the video camera for film shooting. Many types of camera focus with a unique storytelling value are available. 

● Shot composition – The visual elements are arranged in a specified pattern to convey the intended message. This arrangement is referred to as shot composition. 

● Camera placement – The site at which the camera is positioned also has a more significant impact on describing the emotion of a character or a scene.

● Camera movement – The camera's movement in a suitable direction is significant in enhancing the quality of an emotional and suspicious scene. Are you wondering when to consider cinematography to be good? The cinematography is said to be good when the film’s photography compliments and enhances the storytelling of the film.

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