Today’s successful cinematographer must be equal parts artist, technician, and business-person. The cinematographer needs to master the arts of lighting, composition, framing and other aesthetic considerations, as well as the technology of digital cameras, recorders, and workflows, and must know how to choose the right tools (within their budget) to get the job done. David Stump’s Digital Cinematography focuses on the tools and technology of the trade, looking at how digital cameras work, the ramifications of choosing one camera versus another, and how those choices help creative cinematographers to tell a story.
This book empowers the reader to correctly choose the appropriate camera and workflow for their project from today’s incredibly varied options, as well as understand the ins and outs of implementing those options. Veteran ASC cinematographer David Stump has updated this edition with the latest technology for cameras, lenses, and recorders, as well as included a new section on future cinematographic trends.
Ideal for advanced cinematography students as well as working professionals looking for a resource to stay on top of the latest trends, this book is a must read.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - Understanding Digital Theory
Chapter 2 – Camera Sensors, DeBayering, Sensitivity and Noise
Chapter 3 - Color
Chapter 4 – The Colorspace Conundrum
Chapter 5 - MTF Resolution Contrast and Nyquist Theory
Chapter 6 - Frame Rates and Aspect Ratios, High Dynamic Range and Wide Color Gamut
Chapter 7 - Lenses
Chapter 8 – Camera Issues
Chapter 9 - High Resolution Digital Motion Picture Cameras
Chapter 10 - Camera Setup / Operation
Chapter 11 – Prep, Work Flow Design and Testing
Chapter 12 - The Shoot
Chapter 13 - Workflow, Data & Color Management
Chapter 14 – Displays and Recorders
Chapter 15 - File Formats, Log Encoding, Data and Compression
Chapter 16 - Post Production and Digital Intermediate
Chapter 17 – Delivering and Archiving Digital Movies
David Stump, ASC has worked on numerous motion pictures and television productions as Director of Photography, as Visual Effects Director of Photography, and as a Visual Effects Supervisor, garnering Emmy nominations and an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement. A member of the Producer's Guild of America (PGA), the Visual Effects Society (VES), the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE), the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), Stump has worked in Digital Visual Effects for over 25 years, since the advent of Computer Generated Images for film. In 2001 he was accepted for full membership into the American Society of Cinematographers, where he is currently chairman of the Camera and Metadata Subcommittees of the ASC Technical Committee