Cinematography and Practice by Blain Brown is a Lavishly produced and illustrated book that covers the entire range of the profession. The book is not just a comprehensive guide to current professional practice; it goes beyond to explain the theory behind the practice, so you understand how the rules came about and when it's appropriate to break them. In addition, directors will benefit from the book's focus on the body of knowledge they should share with their Director of Photography.
Cinematography presents the basics and beyond, employing clear explanations of standard practice together with substantial illustrations and diagrams to reveal the real world of film production.
Recognizing that professionals know when to break the rules and when to abide by them, this book discusses many examples of fresh ideas and experiments in cinematography. Covering the most up-to-date information on the film/digital interface, new formats, the latest cranes and camera support and other equipment, it also illustrates the older tried and true methods.
The definitive guide to cinematography
Up-to-date coverage of technical topics, including High Definition and digital imaging
Full color throughout brings issues of color and light to life
Concepts of filmmaking
Language of the lens
Lighting for film, digital, and HD
HD Cinematography and shooting
Shooting in HD and 3D
Image Control and filters
Bleach bypass process
Lighting as storytelling
Shooting special effects
Set procedures and other issues
Contents: Filmspace; Visual Language; Lens Language; Camera Dynamics; Cinematic Continuity; Exposure; Color Theory; The Tools of Lighting; Lighting as Storytelling; Controlling Color; Optics; Filters; Video and High Definition; Image; Set Operations; Professional Formats