A little help here 🙂 (2 replies)
Im an argentina based DIT but starting to do some photography gigs little by little (small tv. Commercials, medium budget short films and so). I’ve reached a point in which in order to improve my photography I need to improve first my handheld camera skills but most of all my scene blocking capabilities. Lighting is not and issue (when I was younger I worked 6 years as electrician) but I found out that sometimes I do wrong camera choices. What would you recommend to work out this problem besides watching and watching (and watching) more movies.
Thanks in advance
Not Roger, but I'd pick up the camera and start messing around with composition and discover what works and doesn't look good. Photography is a great way to exercise this and really develop and eye for visuals. I try to make it a goal to were I could freeze a frame at any time in the video and it could be a photograph on its own. The only real way to get a good sense is to just go out into the world and do it. Good luck on your journey, I hope this is insightful on some kind of way.
All great cinematography finds its roots in the paintings of the masters. For example, 'The Road to Perdition' is also an homage to Edward Hopper; the night scenes on the oil fields at night scenes in Jarhead are very reminiscent of paintings by Turner - and every moody dark shot owes everything to the chiaroscuro paintings of artists like Vermeer, Rembrandt and Caravaggio.