What is Cinematography?


Cinematography is the term widely used in film making. It is mainly the process of creating picture images in motion. The style and the special effects associated with cinematography are completely different and unique, and it is the reason for which many people consider this to be an art. In fact, it is the style that is considered to be one of the major building blocks for creating the image of a film. The style is completely unbiased or unsponsored, and it is largely up to the cinematographers that determine the style that they will use.


The Combination of Time and Speed:
What is Cinematography?

What is Cinematography? (Image Courtesy of christgr/sxc.hu)

The combination of time and speed is considered to be a very important factor in cinematography. There are wide varieties of tools that are used for narrative storytelling, and if the speed and the time are not manipulated in a proper fashion, things will definitely not turn out to be fruitful. In addition to that, the intensity of image recording can also bring about wide varieties of effects because irrespective of the rates of capturing, they are always played at a constant speed. In addition to that, while manipulation of time and speed is combined, editing also occupies a great importance.


The Movements of Cameras:

In fact, only by watching cinemas and emulating the masters, one cannot know the entire aspects of cinematography. It is very essential to know the basics, and the basics are very much related to the movement of the cameras. There are also different terms used for different kinds of shots, and until and unless you are well aware of these shots, it will not be easy for you to express your skill.


For instance, pan is a term that is generally used when the camera remains at one spot and there is only movement of the lens right and left, while there is only up and down movement of the lens in case of tilt. In pedestal, the entire camera moves up and down but the lens remain at the same angle. There are several similar terms associated with cameras and shots, and you should develop a keen understanding of these concepts to know about cinematography, as a whole.


Technology and New Evolutions:

With the progress of technology, there is a great variation in the kinds of lens, the nature of lights and other things used for shooting a film. In fact, currently, it is largely seen as the combination of videography as well as digital media that has popularized the entire concept of cinematography and this in turn, has led to the emergence of the concept of digital cinematography. Most cinemas created today are largely based on the digital media.


There was a time when the cinematographers in Hollywood defined cinematography mainly as the art of telling or narrating stories and keep the attention of the audience wrapped in the narratives. Modulation was the key to this form of art because with the change in the stories, there should also be a modulation of the styles adopted. In fact, the art of cinematography can be considered to be best when there is a smooth shift from drama to romance to action and comedy without distracting the moods of the audiences. In addition to that, the images are also developed in such a manner, so that the right tone of the story can be created irrespective of the variation in moods.