Digital Cinematography: Camera Techniques and Lighting
This hands-on workshop introduces students to the work of the director of photography, also known as the cinematographer, who is the coauthor—along with the director—of the visual look and feel of a motion picture. Students will learn the math and science of photography, as well as the proper setup and operation of camera systems, lighting, and grip equipment. Students will build proficiency with technical knowledge before progressing to the aesthetic concerns and artistic choices that are paramount to the cinematographer’s role. Through demonstrations and practice, students will tackle the unique challenges of interpreting a script visually and of incorporating the point of view of a project’s director along with their own creative expression. Individual sessions cover exterior and interior shooting, digital exposure meters, lens selection and camera operation, the duties of the camera assistant, and an overview of film stocks and video formats.
You'll Walk Away with
- An understanding of the role of the cinematographer
- Familiarity with how the cinematographer works with the director and with the camera, grip, and electrical departments on a film shoot
- The skills needed to select an appropriate camera lens, use a digital exposure meter, and operate a camera
- Experience using lighting, composition, and camera movement in a single cinematic shot and in a sequence of shots