How To Become A Better Cinematographer – 7 Tips for DP’s!

How To Become A Better Cinematographer – 7 Tips for DP’s!

Being a great Cinematographer or DP is about more than just getting good shots. To become a better cinematographer you need to be able to plan, collaborate, and listen. Today we’re looking at how to become a better cinematographer with these 7 tips.

To become a better director of photography, you need to be able to collaborate and convey ideas to your crew. Rather than spending time setting up an elaborate shot on your own, speak with your director and camera team to see if the shot is worth the setup and what’s the best way to go about accomplishing it.

A huge often overlooked part of being a great cinematographer is having a detailed shooting plan before getting on set. This means shot lists, storyboards, location scouts and more. While it can be fun to show up on set and feel it out, the best DPs show up with a solid game plan for the shoot. If you’re looking for a quick director of photography tutorial check out our 7 cinematography tips!

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Gear used in this video:
-Canon C200 –
-RODE Wireless GO –

Other equipment we use to film:

CAMERAS
-Canon C100 – (for main interview)
-Sony A7III – (for BTS video)

LENSES
-Canon 24-105mm – (main interview)
-Canon 100mm macro – (product shots & CUs)

TRIPODS
-Sachtler –

MICS
-Sennheiser MKE600 –
-Sennheiser 416 –

LIGHTS:
-Litepanel Astra 6x –
-Kino Flo Diva LED –

PHOTO GEAR
-Profoto Beauty Dish –
-Profoto D2 500 Strobe Kit –
-Canon 5D mkIII –
-Profoto Air Remote –

Filmed on location at: in St. Petersburg, FL

Special Thanks to the St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Commission Digital Creator Program

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