Cinematography for Directors


In this free digital Film Cinematography for directors class, you will learn all the basic camera techniques and the process of using the camera equipment to shoot a film. I will also teach you things that you will not usually learn in film schools. You will learn to work from planning the project, developing the story with image techniques, and working on the set. We will talk about the inside of a video camera, shooting for post-production, getting the proper lighting, and more. In the article, Before You Start Film School, I talk about the importance to learn all aspects of films, even if you plan to be only a director. The cinematography for directors course here is the must-know for every director. I recommend going through all these cinematography lessons and practising them independently. In the case of cinematography, practising is the key.

Cinematography Lessons

Camera Angles and Their Meanings

In this lesson, I will explain the necessary camera angels & movements in the film so you’ll learn the grammar of film and improve your camera techniques. Learning these angels is very important not just to your skills, but also to your communication with the rest of the crew and creating an exciting shooting script with subtext.

shooting script

Basic Camera Techniques and Movements

In this article, we’ll go through the basic camera techniques and movements and some essential rules you need to know about using your camera.

illustraition of the 180 rule

Using Auto Exposure or Manual Exposure

This lesson contains all you need to know about working with the exposure tool the right way.  What is exposure? when to use the auto Exposure? and hoe to do it right? These are just a few of what we’ll be covering here.

How o write a shooting script

In this free cinematography lesson, I talk about writing a shooting script. When you shoot someone’s film, you can’t go shooting without it. This will teach you everything you need about creating a good solid shooting script.

A woman Writes a shooting script

In this free cinematography lesson, I talk about some digital video terminology, you all should know. Some of you asked me about it and I guess it is important to stop for a second and explain some of the important digital terms out there. Knowing these terms will help you use your tools better and prevent you from looking unprofessional with your crew.

Create Great Image with Depth of Field. Depth of field is a great way to enhance your image, but also to manipulate the viewer’s emotions and concentration. Using it right will give your film a powerful look. This is a tool that is important to learn in every cinematography course.

With so many camcorders out there it’s started to be really hard to pick one. When buying a video camera there are a few things you need to consider like the camera options, the accessories attached to the camcorder, and more. In this cinematography lesson, I will discuss some of the most important features you’ll need to check, so you won’t get screwed over.

In this lesson I will tell you everything you need to know about the Three point lighting tecnique. It’s a basic lighting scheme that every DP knows and it is great becuase it’s a tecnique you can develop very easily into sonething more creative.

When working on lighting for a scene, there is no time for experiments. In this article, I give you some basic tips for setting up a lighting for a scene.


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