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Best Cinematography Books Worth Your Attention

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Cinematography books.

1. AVP 100 Bundle: Cinematography: Theory and Practice: Image Making for Cinematographers and Directors (Volume 3) (2016)

Best Cinematography Books Worth Your Attention The world of cinematography has changed more in the last few years than it has since it has in 1929, when sound recording was introduced. New technology, new tools and new methods have revolutionized the art and craft of telling stories visually. While some aspects of visual language, lighting and color are eternal, shooting methods, workflow and cameras have changed radically. Even experienced film artists have a need to update and review new methods and equipment. These change affect not only the director of photography but also the director, the camera assistants, gaffers, and digital imaging technicians. Cinematography:…
Author(s): Blain Brown

2. The Five C’s of Cinematography: Motion Picture Filming Techniques (2005)

Best Cinematography Books Worth Your AttentionWith the aid of photographs and diagrams, this text concisely presents concepts and techniques of motion picture camerawork and the allied areas of film-making with which they interact with and impact. Included are discussions on: cinematic time and space; compositional rules; and types of editing. #82,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #22 in Cinematography (Books) #97 in Movie Direction & Production #91 in Video Direction & Production (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Joseph V Mascelli

3. Cinematography: Third Edition (2005)

Best Cinematography Books Worth Your AttentionSince its initial publication in 1973, Cinematography has become the guidebook for filmmakers. Based on their combined fifty years in the film and television industry, authors Kris Malkiewicz and M. David Mullen lay clear and concise groundwork for basic film techniques, focusing squarely on the cameraman’s craft. Readers will then learn step-by-step how to master more advanced techniques in postproduction, digital editing, and overall film production. This completely revised third edition, with more than 200 new illustrations, will provide a detailed look at: #554,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #101…
Author(s): Kris Malkiewicz, Mullen ASC, M. David

4. Lighting for Cinematography: A Practical Guide to the Art and Craft of Lighting for the Moving Image (The CineTech Guides to the Film Crafts) (2014)

Best Cinematography Books Worth Your AttentionWe can’t shoot good pictures without good lighting, no matter how good the newest cameras are. Shooting under available light gives exposure, but lacks depth, contrast, contour, atmosphere and often separation. The story could be the greatest in the world, but if the lighting is poor viewers will assume it’s amateurish and not take it seriously. Feature films and TV shows, commercials and industrial videos, reality TV and documentaries, even event and wedding videos tell stories. Good lighting can make them look real, while real lighting often makes them look…
Author(s): David Landau

5. The Filmmaker’s Eye: Learning (and Breaking) the Rules of Cinematic Composition (2010)

Best Cinematography Books Worth Your AttentionThis is the only book that combines conceptual and practical instruction on creating polished and eloquent images for film and video with the technical know-how to achieve them. Loaded with hundreds of full-color examples, The Filmmaker’s Eye is a focused, easy-to-reference guide that shows you how to become a strong visual storyteller through smart, effective choices for your shots. After a short introduction to basic principles, a variety of shots are deconstructed in the following format: This book: #55,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #14 in Cinematography (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would…
Author(s): Gustavo Mercado

6. Introduction to Cinematography: Learning Through Practice (2018)

Best Cinematography Books Worth Your AttentionIntroduction to Cinematography offers a practical, stage-by-stage guide to the creative and technical foundations of cinematography. Building from a skills-based approach focused on professional practice, cinematographer and author Tania Hoser provides a step-by-step introduction for both cinematographers and camera assistants to the techniques, processes, and procedures of working with cameras, lenses, and light. She provides hands-on insight into negotiating with production constraints and understanding the essentials of the image workflow from shot to…
Author(s): Tania Hoser

7. Capturing the Shot: Fundamentals, Tools, Techniques, and Workflows for Digital Cinematography (2013)

Best Cinematography Books Worth Your AttentionWith the shift from film to digital, a new view of the future of cinematography has emerged. Today’s successful cinematographer must be equal parts artist, technician, and business-person. The cinematographer needs to master the arts of lighting, composition, framing and other aesthetic considerations, as well as the technology of digital cameras, recorders, and workflows, and must know how to choose the right tools (within their budget) to get the job done. David Stump’s Digital Cinematography focusses primarily on the tools and technology of the trade, looking at how digital cameras work, the ramifications of choosing one camera…
Author(s): David Stump

8. Master Shots Vol 3: The Director’s Vision: 100 Setups, Scenes and Moves for Your Breakthrough Movie (2013)

Best Cinematography Books Worth Your AttentionThis book is a highly visual exploration of the best shots, moves, and set-ups in the industry. It reveals the secrets behind each shot’s success, so it can be adapted to a director’s individual scenes.Your job is to create shots that reveal story, expose emotion, explore character and capture the unique feeling of your film. At the same time, you should stamp your film with your own style. This book can help you do that, whatever your experience, because it challenges you to imagine a creative solution for every scene in your film. #70,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #18…
Author(s): Christopher Kenworthy

9. The Filmmaker’s Handbook, 2013 Edition (2012)

Best Cinematography Books Worth Your AttentionWidely acknowledged as the “bible” of video and film production, and used in courses around the world, The Filmmaker’s Handbook is now updated with the latest advances in HD and new digital formats. For students and teachers, professionals and novices, this indispensable handbook covers all aspects of movie making.• Techniques for making dramatic features, documentaries, corporate, broadcast, and experimental videos and films•  Shooting with DSLRs, video, film, and digital cinema cameras•  Digital editing with the latest video editing systems•  In-depth coverage of lenses, lighting, sound recording,…
Author(s): Steven Ascher, Edward Pincus

10. How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck: Advice to Make Any Amateur Look Like a Pro (2011)

Best Cinematography Books Worth Your AttentionNewly updated and revised, How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck is a quick and easy guide that will make your video better instantly—whether you read it cover to cover or just skim a few chapters. It’s about the language of video and how to think like a director, regardless of equipment (amateurs think about the camera, pros think about communication). It’s about the rules developed over a century of movie-making—which work just as well when shooting a two-year-old’s birthday party on your phone. Written by Steve Stockman, the director of the award-winning feature Two Weeks, plus TV shows, music videos, and hundreds of…
Author(s): Steve Stockman

Best Cinematography Books Worth Your Attention

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some cinematography books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

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

Author(s): Blain Brown
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2016, Size: 35 Mb, Download: azw3
ID: 2221629

Understanding Cinematography

Author(s): Hall, Brian
Publisher: Crowood, Year: 2015, Size: 16 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2082225

Cinematography

Author(s): Patrick Keating
Publisher: Rutgers University Press, Year: 2014, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1574452

Filming the Fantastic. A Guide to Visual Effects Cinematography

Author(s): Mark Sawicki (Auth.)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Year: 2012, Size: 39 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1036168

Filming the Fantastic: A Guide to Visual Effects Cinematography, Second Edition

Author(s): Mark Sawicki
Publisher: Focal Press, Year: 2011, Size: 136 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 804205

Filming the Fantastic: A Guide to Visual Effects Cinematography

Author(s): Mark Sawicki
Publisher: Focal Press, Year: 2011, Size: 7 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 867352

Digital Cinematography and directing

Author(s): Dan Ablan
Publisher: New Readers, Year: 2010, Size: 145 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 715377

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are truly hot items according to Los Angeles Times, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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