Cinematography is the art of photography and visual storytelling in a motion picture or television show. Cinematography comprises all on-screen visual elements, including lighting, framing, and composition, camera motion, camera angles, film selection, and lens choices, depth of field, zoom, focus, colour, exposure, and filtration.

Cinematography sets and supports the overall look and mood of a film’s visual narrative. Each visual element that appears on screen, a.k.a. the mise-en-scène of a film, can serve and enhance the story—so it is the cinematographer’s responsibility to ensure that every element is cohesive and support the story. Filmmakers often choose to spend the majority of their budget on high-quality cinematography to guarantee that the film will look incredible on the big screen.


Skill Set


•          An eye for detail and a mind for fast invention

•          Thorough understanding of lighting techniques, light colour, shade and manipulation

•          Strong technical knowledge of cameras and the film production process

•          Strong communication skills

•          Strong team management skills

•          Excellent listening ability

•          Flexible approach to adapting knowledge already accumulated to achieve an improved result




10 + 2 passed with English as a compulsory subject


Top Colleges


Asian Academy of Film and Television

Location: Noida

Course: B. Sc. in Cinema (with specialisations)

Admission Criteria: On the basis of entrance examination – AAFT GEE


Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology

Location Bangalore

Course B. Voc. in Digital Film Making

Admission Criteria On the basis of entrance exam


MGR Government Film and Television Institute

Location Chennai

Course BVA. in Cinematography

Admission Criteria On the basis of entrance exam


Job Prospects


•          Director of Photography

•          Video Editor

•          Cinematographer

•          Cameraman

•          Videographer

•          Freelancer that works independently for various projects





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