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Cinematography Reading List

Sam G. "timeintolight"
 
New Photo Series 2: Negative:: The Ansel Adams Photography Series 2
New Photo Series 2: Negative:: The Ansel Adams Photography Series 2
"The most significant work about exposure: everything starts from here.  Adams' The Camera is also important as an introduction to visualisation."
Cinematography: Theory and Practice: Image Making for Cinematographers, Directors, and Videographers
Cinematography: Theory and Practice: Image Making for Cinematographers, Directors, and Videographers
"The best all-round introduction to cinematography available, relevant to DoPs at any level. Especially significant for the concept of 'filmspace', a powerful handle on how we make 3-D work in 2-D."
Making Pictures: A Century of European Cinematography
Making Pictures: A Century of European Cinematography
"A beautifully produced book which picks out the European contribution to cinematography, a welcome balance to the Hollywood-centric publishing elsewhere."
Vermeer (Masters of Art)
Vermeer (Masters of Art)
"Interested in lighting? Look at these pictures for a long time... (Updated Feb 2004) ...And then see 'Girl With a Pearl Earring' for Eduardo Serra's outstanding realisation of the period and its art."
Principal Photography: Interviews with Feature Film Cinematographers
Principal Photography: Interviews with Feature Film Cinematographers
"A good selection of interviews by someone who knows what they're writing about."
FIVE C'S OF CINEMATOGRAPHY: Motion Pictures Filming Techniques
FIVE C'S OF CINEMATOGRAPHY: Motion Pictures Filming Techniques
"The 'Grand Old Man' of cinematography books: still essential reading for learning the rules you're going to break..."
Spielberg, Truffaut and Me: An Actor's Diary
Spielberg, Truffaut and Me: An Actor's Diary
"The best diary I've read about what it's actually like to be working on a film set, and a funny and touching record of the making of a favourite film."
The Motion Picture Image: From Film to Digital
The Motion Picture Image: From Film to Digital
"A comprehensive technical manual, but well-written and readable. Lots of fundamental information."
Every Frame a Rembrandt: Art and Practice of Cinematography
Every Frame a Rembrandt: Art and Practice of Cinematography
"At last, a book by a Director of Photography! (this list is not in order of importance, just as they come off my bookshelf). Clear and well-written 'war stories' about actually making films."
Film Into Video: A Guide to Merging the Technologies
Film Into Video: A Guide to Merging the Technologies
"Film camera people are running just to keep up with what's happening in post-production: at a bare minimum we need to know what's covered here. Only the speed of change makes it slightly out of date."
Masters of Light: Conversations with Contemporary Cinematographers
Masters of Light: Conversations with Contemporary Cinematographers
"A classic series of interviews, there are others but this is the first and has lots of good insights."
Hands-on Manual for Cinematographers
Hands-on Manual for Cinematographers
"More for Assistants, but this list without something by David Samuelson would be like leaving J.K. Rowling out of Children's Books. You should have this book if you call yourself a cinematographer."
Cinematography: A Guide for Film Makers and Film Teachers
Cinematography: A Guide for Film Makers and Film Teachers
"Can't leave this off a Cinematography Reading List."
Cinematography (Screencraft)
Cinematography (Screencraft)
"Pithy, well-written and well-illustrated short pieces in a handsome volume."
Contemporary Cinematographers on Their Art
Contemporary Cinematographers on Their Art
"This and the companion volume (More Contemporary Cinematographers...) have some good pieces - ignore Focal Press's customary shoddy editing and glean lots of useful titbits"
The Innocence of the Eye: A Filmmaker's Guide
The Innocence of the Eye: A Filmmaker's Guide
"A book which has more and more relevance as you start to cut sequences together in your head before you shoot them."
Magic Hour: A Life in Movies
Magic Hour: A Life in Movies
"A wonderful book, and if anyone needs an insight into why we would want to do this job, this answers all the questions."
Painting with Light
Painting with Light
"Read this book to realise how film-making hasn't changed fundamentally since it came out of adolescence in the 1920s."
Image Control: Motion Picture Filters and Lab Techniques
Image Control: Motion Picture Filters and Lab Techniques
"Well-produced visual comparisons of the differences filter and laboratory choices can make to the look of the image."
A Man with a Camera
A Man with a Camera
"Sadly no longer with us, but he lives on in his beautiful films (Days of Heaven is essential viewing) and this lovely book."
Film Lighting: Talks with Hollywood's Cinematographers and Gaffers
Film Lighting: Talks with Hollywood's Cinematographers and Gaffers
"More interviews, worth a browse."
Adventures In The Screen Trade: A Personal View of Hollywood
Adventures In The Screen Trade: A Personal View of Hollywood
"It's called the film Business for a reason. Read (and marvel at) what goes on long before the Cinematographer is employed..."
Film Technology in Post Production (Media Manuals)
Film Technology in Post Production (Media Manuals)
"Well-laid-out, comprehensive guide to post-production by someone who solves the problems involved daily."
Reflections: Twenty-One Cinematographers at Work
Reflections: Twenty-One Cinematographers at Work
"Very expensive, but edited with more analysis than is common by someone who has an eye for subtlety and the wider significance of the pictures."
The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film
The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film
"Fascinating insight into the editing process, two brilliant minds dissect the creation of some of the past 30 years' most important films."