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Cinematography: Theory and Practice: Image Making for Cinematographers and Directors

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There's more to being a DP than holdng a light meter! With this book as your guide, you are on your way to learning not only about the equipment and technology, but also about the concepts and thought processes that will enable you to shoot professionally, efficiently, and with artistic mastery. A leading book in the field, Cinematography has been translated into many lang ...more
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Published August 1st 2011 by Focal Press (first published October 9th 2002)
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Annalyse
Nov 18, 2012 Annalyse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Feew, that was one hell of a read. I started reading this before I started filmschool and that was maybe a mistake. Some chapters were easy, but others were harder to understand without a little background. So after a few months of studying film in all its glory, it was a little easier to get through it.
Definitely interesting when you're in the business or at least already know somethings about it.
Duane
Jan 01, 2014 Duane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brown has found a way to mix art and tech together in a way that allows the reader to easily absorb a very technical field. I have many of the cinematography books on the market and I've found this one to be the most interesting and easy to read. What I like is that Brown will give you a lot of heavy technical info if you desire, but also real life practical on set anecdotes and protocols as well as art history and theory. I really enjoyed the color theory chapter with examples from The Natural. ...more
James Caterino
I love the art of cinematograpy. In another universe I am a director.

Superbly organized with eye catching graphs and pictures, this comprehensive book is loaded with tons of fascinating and useful information. Best of all is the section on video that coherently explains the fascinating history of the video signal and the various formats that have evolved. The comparisons between film and video are also well done and help explain why despite the digital mania and the HD 24FPS advances, most cinem
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Patrick
This book provides a broad overview of the technical aspects of cinematography, and it seems to be reliable, but it needs to be edited. Often the same information is repeated two or more times in one paragraph or series of pages, and sometimes it is phrased differently enough, or far enough after the initial statement, to make one wonder whether they are intended to describe the same thing or different cases entirely. In addition, references in the text to diagrams or pictures sometimes use the ...more
Michel Boto
Jan 30, 2015 Michel Boto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very informative, but feel free to jump around if you have a background in still photography. My only problem with this book were the numerous typos and grammatical errors in almost every chapter. Please hire a proofreader, Mr. Brown.
Vanessa
I am not a cinematographer, but this provided me with a good overview of the field for the purposes of my work as a game cinematics producer (and I learned a lot about how movies are made, to boot). I will admit to skimming/skipping several of the more practical chapters, as I wasn't out to learn about different kinds of lighting rigs, and as the book got into more technical matters, it made for drier reading.
Marty
Dec 03, 2007 Marty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I had found this book before going to film school, I think I would have second guessed whether or not I needed to go. It is all encompassing and should have been a text book for my classes.
Johnnyboy
Wonderful book for all those that are interested/obsessed with cinematography and/or are budding cinematographers themselves.
Kenneth
Jun 26, 2009 Kenneth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A classic text to educate the mind on lighting possibilities for both film and everyday photography.
Harry Pray IV
Jan 08, 2008 Harry Pray IV rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good, informative book on the subject. Read the whole thing in Barnes and Noble one day.
Danny
May 01, 2009 Danny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible stuff. Virtually everything you need technically.
Pinmemo Fotógrafo
Good read, have to hit this book once every year or so.
Clair Popkin
May 22, 2008 Clair Popkin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
Great book on cinematography
Santanu Roy
May 27, 2013 Santanu Roy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
really good one!
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