Cinematography is a unique art form in which visual imagery and narrative construction are combined. Cinematography is a potent medium for self-expression because it allows the director to craft a visual style that suits the narrative being told.
Learn the Play
Get to know your script well. It never ceases to amaze me how many directors of photography and cinematographers place so much emphasis on the film’s technical aspects at the expense of the content. The technical setup and knowledge of what equipment will be used and where is fantastic, but without knowledge of the plot, the creative slide might truly slip.
Become an Expert in the Methods
Learn every possible skill set. Have a mindset of continuous study and improvement. Learning these methods can help you create a unique cinematic style and increase the variety of shots at your disposal. With time, this will become your signature look.
Set up a Procedure
Seems tiresome, but believe us, you’ll benefit much. Time and effort are both reduced by the implementation of such a workflow or procedure on set. You can trust the employees since they know what they’re doing and will tell you if anything is too low or too high.