Cinematography is the art and craft of making motion pictures by capturing a story visually. A cinematographer or director of photography (DP) is the team leader in charge of the camera and light crews for a film production.
A cinematographer has to make many artistic and technical decisions such as choice of camera, lenses, and filters; scene composition; camera movement and camera angles; lighting setup for each shot; and any special effects.
“What makes good cinematography is the understanding that it is implementing the Director’s vision based on the story, that blends art and technology.” --Shane Hurlbut
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Craig Gary is a former Army Officer turned jack of all trades. The past 10 years for him have been an experimentation and application of lighting for photography, video, and 3D animation.
His mantra is lighting drives emotion. And, if you ask him how any of the photography, video, and 3D is related...he says, “They all used cameras and need lighting.”
You can see this on his website--careful crafted lights from his medium format photography. The range is playful to moody and everything in-between. He shows how light shapes, separates, and enhances any scene.