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Cinematographers, also called Directors of Photography, collaborating with directors and production crews to produce major visual effects for film and TV. To create the atmosphere of the film, they read through screenplays and select suitable lighting, angles, framing, and philtres. Post-production processes often require cinematographers.

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Career prospects & criteria 

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Educational Qualifications

  • B.Sc. / BA in Film Making/ Cinema or Screenwriting

  • PG Programme or PG Diploma Course in Film Making

What you need to get started

  • Hands-on training as an assistant cinematographer and learning camera handling and new dimensions of capturing the shots can be useful.

Soft Skills

  • Creativity

  • Artistic vision

  •  Teamwork

  • An eye for detail

  • Communication skills

  • Flexible

  • Problem-solving skills

  • Patient

Technical Skills

  • Technical knowledge about the camera and production

  • In-depth knowledge about lighting techniques, colour, shade, manipulation, etc.

  • Composition

  • Shooting techniques and methodologies