October 3, 2015 at 10:26AM
A career as a cinematographer?
Dear fellow filmmakers, I would really like to pursue a career in film as a DoP but I am still somehow at a beginner's level. I have my 5dmk3, lenses and some other basic equipment which works fine for me for making some money while being a student but I would like to focus only on cinematography. I don't see directing or writing as my strengths so I think I have found what I am actually better at and it's camera work and lighting. I would be happy if I start finding jobs as a DoP or at least camera assistant on bigger projects, make contacts and gradually get better known and needed. However, I'd like to ask the DoPs here how they managed to develop career-wise? What were the first steps you took and what advice you would give me? I was thinking about making a decent showreel, however the problem I am facing is that, I would like to include a lot of nicely lit shots - I have the light setups in my head, but unfortunately I do not own the proper lights to do that. So I am thinking about investing some money in the purchase of decent lights. I am looking forward to hearing your opinion about it. In case you think I should invest in lights - please let me know what products you believe I should buy - LEDs, fluorescent panels, fresnels or maybe combination - possibly at a reasonable price.