How to Choose a Good Camera for Cinematography

Posted on: by Michael Tringe

Learn how to be a cinematographer with Andrew Russo, a USC MFA cinematographer. In this lesson, we will go over how to choose a good camera camera for the job. Andrew will help you decide on which camera will suit you best.

A simple option just to get started is the iPhone or a GoPro. This is great for non-invasive film projects or projects that you want to shoot on the go.

The DSLR camera options give you incredibly high quality with a higher size sensor, and some recommendations include Nikon, Sony Alpha 57, or the Canon Rebel series. These cameras allow you to get a higher resolution image and a shallower depth of field with a better exposure latitude.

Find the right camera that works for both your budget and your project type. Go to a camera house and test some cameras, or try before you buy. Import the images and see if they look good on your computer. You’re going to then be able to make informed choices about what camera is right for you.

If you’d like to learn more from Andrew, you can explore his cinematography course here.
How to Become a Cinematographer

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Written by Michael Tringe

Mike Tringe earned his MFA in Film Production from USC and has worked at Creative Artists Agency Film Sales (Paranormal Activity, Black Swan), Vuguru, Michael Eisner's multi-platform studio, (The Booth at the End (Hulu), Don't Ask, Don't Tell (Snag), Little Women Big Cars (AOL), and Blip Networks (300 million monthly views, Smosh, Annoying Orange, Nostalgia Critic).

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