November 16, 2014 at 11:21AM


In Need of Cinematography Books/Online Resources

Hi, I'm an aspiring cinematographer.

I'd like to ask you guys if you can refer me any resources out there that have helped you become a better cinematographer/filmmaker. I'm more interested in learning practical things (such as how to light a set) but I'm also interested in the history of it (so if you want please refer some films for me to watch as well).

List all the helpful books you've read! If you're linking to online tutorials that aren't free then please only refer the ones that cost $100 and under.

I'm interested specifically in making short films (any genre) and advertisements.


I am also an aspiring cinematographer and just found this great web program called Advanced Filmmaking. If you check out, there is a bunch of great videos of panels of current (and outstanding) DP's talking about their techniques and there starts for a few bucks.

November 16, 2014 at 4:58PM

Bryan Dalik
Student Filmmaker

This one is free if you watch it live, or within 24 hours(cost 100USD later). It's from the 20th-21th january.

January 19, 2015 at 12:29PM

Jan Solberg

Robert Bresson: Notes on Cinematography

I just shot a film and gave the actors a copy of this very short book, which is downloadable and printable from here and elsewhere A landmark and often sighted by the greatest modern filmmakers as important. Concerns mostly acting and the direction of actors, but includes various ideas on film.

Cassavetes On Cassavetes

The actors director tells you how it is with some reading between the lines from Ray Carney. Free PDF here:

I have literally printed and bound both of these helpful books..

Film technique ; and Film acting : the cinema writings of V.I. Pudovkin (1954)

Kubrick says this of Pudovkin's book: The most instructive book on film aesthetics I came across was Pudovkin's Film Technique, which simply explained that editing was the aspect of film art form which was completely unique, and which separated it from all other art forms. The ability to show a simple action like a man cutting wheat from a number of angles in a brief moment, to be able to see it in a special way not possible except through film -- that this is what it was all about. This is obvious, of course, but it's so important it cannot be too strongly stressed. Pudovkin gives many clear examples of how good film editing enhances a scene, and I would recommend his book to anyone seriously interested in film technique. Download PDF here:

I hope this has been helpful


January 20, 2015 at 12:24AM, Edited January 20, 12:24AM

Mike Retter
Video shop owner/filmmaker

January 20, 2015 at 2:06AM

Rag├╝el Cremades
Film producer and director

My new book Lighting for Cinematography published by Bloomsbury Press( was just given good reviews in International Cinematographer Magazine and HD Pro Guide magazine and has become popular with many cinematography classes in colleges. Its geared toward young cinematographers and those working on a limited budget. Other books I would recommend would be Reflections published by the ASC, New Cinematographers by Alexander Ballinger , Cinematography by Goodridge & Grierson , and both of Pauline Roger's interview books Contemporary Cinematographers on their Art and More Contemporary Cinematographers on their Art . Also Film Lighting by Malkiewicz.

May 7, 2015 at 4:06PM, Edited May 7, 4:07PM

david landau
Director of Photography, cinematography teacher and author

you can visit for cost-effective tutorial on cinematography in India

August 4, 2016 at 9:41PM


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