Most Essential Elements In Cinematography 

There are numerous and multiple ways in which the same scene of the film can be shot. Different cinematographers have their own peculiar proclivities towards shooting a scene and each of them has their own way of delivering the required emotion to the audience. In recent times, the tools of cinematography have changed a lot.

Even though many advanced tools have been introduced in the field today, a cinematographer must always learn to make a good film with the basic tools first before jumping to the advanced tools. Once you have crafter your skill with the basics and learnt to deliver the right emotions to the audience, then you may shift to the more advanced tools. 

If you are looking for a director in the UK who understands his audience and delivers results which are loved by the audience, then you must approach Mark MurphyMark Murphy is a director cum producer and writer based in UK. he is passionate about directing movies and he is credited for giving several good movies. 

He has directed movies like For Love or Money, The Comedian’s Guide to Survival, Awaiting, The Crypt, A Moment with, Movie Kingdom, The Great Escape, The Assassin, Casanova’s Last Stand, Casanova’s Love Letters and The Untitled. He is 44 and has achieved so much at this age is in itself an amazing feat. What makes him different from others is his approach to the movie.

Essential elements of cinematography

With the new tools coming into the market, the skills among the new cinematographers seem to have diminished. Cinematographers in the 60s and 70s like Roger Deakins and Vittorio Storaro had achieved in their time without any advanced tools what we today fail to achieve. If you incorporate these 5 essential elements in your cinematography, then your craft will improve:

1- Exposure – the first thing that comes to the mind while taking a shot is the exposure of the shot. This is different from the lighting in some aspects because the lighting is dependent on external factors but the exposure is an element of the camera only. When the camera is in auto mode, the exposure is regulated on its own. 

This can be noticed when the image is completely washed out or suddenly everything is dark when you move your camera. This is not good for the film and hence, you must always set the exposure yourself. This will take adjustments in the shutter rate, the aperture, the frame rate and the ISO of the camera. 

2- ISO – the software of the camera and its sensitivity is adjusted by the ISO. When you increase the ISO, a brighter image is created. With an increased brightness, the grains of the image will also increase. Try taking a picture with your smartphone at the night and you will understand it more clearly. 

In the daytime when the light is adequate, the ISO is usually lower to get a crisp image. 


Paying attention to the details of the image is the task of the cinematographer and these details play an important role in the quality of the film that is made.