Digital Cinematography, Paperback Book

Digital Cinematography Paperback

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High end digital cinematography can truly challenge the film camera in many of the technical, artistic and emotional aspects of what we think of as 'cinematography'.

This book is a guide for practising and aspiring cinematographers and DOPs to digital cinematography essentials - from how to use the cameras to the rapidly emerging world of High Definition cinematography and 24p technology.

This book covers the 'on-the-set' knowledge you need to know - its emphasis lies in practical application, rather than descriptions of technologies, so that in this book you will find usable 'tools' and information to help you get the job done.

From 'getting the look' to lighting styles and ratios, what is needed for different types of shoots and the technical preparation required, this is a complete reference to the knowledge and skills required to shoot high end digital films.

The book also features a guide to the Sony DVW in-camera menus - showing how to set them up and how they work - a device to save you time and frustration on set. Paul Wheeler is a renowned cinematographer/director of photography and trainer, he runs courses on Digital Cinematography at the National Film & Television School and has lectured on the Royal College of Art's MA course and at The London International Film School.

He has been twice nominated by BAFTA for a Best Cinematography award and also twice been the winner of the INDIE award for Best Digital Cinematography.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 214 pages, Approx. 100 illustrations
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
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  • Category: Cinematography, television camerawork
  • ISBN: 9780240516141

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Interesting book, but not exceptionnal. It provides painting 'recipes' as well as recommended operational settings to use the Sony Digital Betacam DVW-700 and following models. The author unfortunately keeps to the surface of things, not explaining much of his testing methods, what drove him to make the choices he did nor what he has understood of the camera's inner workings. It also discourages curiosity to a certain extent, inviting the user 'not to explore any further' or to 'leave certain settings to qualified engineers', not even suggesting the function of certain admittedly more obscure settings.If you plan on shooting with the DVW700 and had no prior contact to the camera or much Sony gear from that era, it can be a good starting point. But it will not be coming back to the book very much.