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Strong imagery, learned or felt? (3 replies)

David W
3 weeks ago
David W 3 weeks ago

Hi Mr. Deakins,

There are certain cinematographers such as you, Conrad Hall, Emmanuel Lubezki, Janusz Kaminski, and Sean Bobbitt whose powerful imagery never ceases to move me emotionally. Im curious if in your experience you have found that the ability to create emotionally resonant imagery is something that can be taught, or rather something that one just has within oneself. Below is some imagery that has deeply resonated with me.

Thank you for your time.

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Screenshot_20190331-203331_Chrome.jpg
https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Screenshot_20190331-204350_Chrome.jpg
https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Screenshot_20190331-202348_Chrome.jpg
https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/20190331_204459.jpg
https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Screenshot_20190331-203214_Chrome.jpg
https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Screenshot_20190331-202748_YouTube.jpg
(unknown)
3 weeks ago
(unknown) 3 weeks ago

The cinematography is a very essential part in any short clip or documentary that involves viewers and make them feel like they are actually in those situations they are watching. A Movie with good storyline and cinematography would actually not look as bad as with strong storyline with an average visual and cinematography. There is some online free essay writer» that write stories and hire cheap and skillful to make short movies for social platforms.

MiguelBensi
2 weeks ago
MiguelBensi 2 weeks ago

In my opinion it is a mixure of both. You can learn to be a technically good cinematographer and that can boost your ability to increase the emotional weight of an image, but the main goal is to show the true meaning of what you are photographing. And for me, that is up to the sensibility you have towards the subject you are working with and your ability to show it in the way you feel it is more transparent and direct. Anyway, that is just my point of view. Hope it was helpful!  

Cheers! 

Miguel 

Roger Deakins
2 weeks ago
Roger Deakins 2 weeks ago

I'm not sure it can be taught. I mean, you can learn technique but you can't learn to have an emotional reaction to a subject. The photographs of a great photographer, such as Alex Web or Donald McCallum, record their emotional reactions to their subjects. Can that be learnt?

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