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Since its initial publication in 1973, "Cinematography" has become the standard guidebook on filmmaking techniques that emphasizes the cameraman's craft. Now completely revised and updated, it clearly and concisely covers what today's filmmaker needs to know about camera structure and operation, lenses, film stocks, filters, lighting and light measuring, and accessory equi ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 224 pages
Published February 24th 1989 by Touchstone (first published 1989)
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Jul 15, 2016 Tyler rated it really liked it
This book does a really good job of covering the basics of cinematography. It is focused on the application of the craft, meaning there is little in the way of film theory or subjective opinion-- which makes it direct and to-the-point, with almost zero filler.

This should be a must-read for beginners, but I think many intermediate cinematographers will still pick up quite a bit of information.

This manual explains the equipment, procedures and reasons behind the basics of lighting, sound, camera o
Morgan McGuire
Jan 24, 2016 Morgan McGuire rated it liked it
This book is comprehensive and well written. The table of contents is exactly what you'd like to see for your first cinematography book. It is also one of the last books written before digital capture and video swept the industry, so a good portion of the practical advice is laughingly obsolete. I hope we see a rewrite for new technology soon!
Harsh Trivedi
Jun 12, 2015 Harsh Trivedi is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
work improovment
Harry Pray IV
Jan 08, 2008 Harry Pray IV rated it liked it
Needed updating...then it got it...but I still have the old one.
Aug 11, 2010 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best basic cinematography text I've come across, very clear and straightforward.
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HDSLR films are not covered, at least not in the version I'd read, but this book is a great for those interested in Cinematography.
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