CAREER OPTION : Cinematographer



So you have a good vision? Strong eye-hand coordination? Or an artistic sensibility, and an understanding of digital cameras and technology? These are the qualities you must have your hand on, to live your passion as a cinematographer.

A cinematographer is basically a director of photography (or DP). A photographer who operates a movie camera and lighting crews on a movie or a directory. As a cinematographer, you are the one to create the scenic view of movie. Each scene in the movie you are cinematographing, will be a display of your vision for the camera.


Eligibility :

Cinematographers need a bachelor's degree, and can attend technical schools or fine arts programs offering cinematography courses.

UG course :

Eligibility - 12th Standard

Duration - 4 Years ( 2 years common + 2   years specialization)

Affiliation - JNAFAU

PG course :

Eligibility - Graduation (in any stream)

Duration - 2 Years ( 1st semester common + 3 semesters specialication)

Affiliation - JNAFAU (M.A.) JNTUH (MBA in Media)



Course Goal :

  • History of Photography and its evolution with cinema
  • Basic Photography theory
  • Still photography
  • Study of various films, video and DV cameras and lenses
  • Videography
  • Motion picture photography
  • Lighting and camera operation for motion picture and television
  • 5C's of a cameraman
  • Exposure to multi camera set-up, lighting and shooting
  • Shot by shot study and analysis of 5 award winning films
  • Visit to live shoots
  • Overview of edit and post-production procedures
  • Advanced Lighting Technique
  • Exposure to latest equipment in the field of Cinematography
  • Scripting, Transition, direction and edition principals
  • Lab visit
  • Exposure to shooting for special effects and editing patterns
  • Assignment to cinematograph a students film along with his respective team members


Some of the top cinematography schools are :


  • Film And Television Institute Of India (FTII), Pune
  • Satyajit Ray Films And Television Institute, Kolkata
  • Center For Research In Art Of Film And Television (CRAFT), Delhi
  • L V Prasad Film And TV Academy, Chennai
  • Whistling Woods International, Mumbai
  • National Institute Of Film & Fine Arts, Kolkata
  • Digital Academy The Film School, Mumbai
  • Asian Academy Of Film And Television, Noida
  • Zee Institute Of Media Arts(ZIMA), Mumbai
  • Matrikas Film School, Delhi


  • National Film and Television School(NFTS),London
  • Lodz Film School
  • La Femis
  • Norwegian Film School
  • London Film School
  • National Film School of Denmark
  • Beijing Film Academy
  • University of Television & Film, Munich
  • Tel Aviv University
  • Korean Academy of Film Arts


Salary :

Cinematoraphers in Abroad earn annual salaries that fell in the range of $27,590 and $59,430 per year and in India, depending on your capability, you can make Rs 3000 per day to more than a lac per day, undoubtedly after the arduous struggle.


Some of the famous cinematographers you can co-relate the memoirs of are :


Santosh Sivan, P.C. Sreeram, Anil Mehta, Rajeev Ravi, Sudeep Chatterjee, Ravi Varman, Ravi K. Chandran, Rajiv Menon, Tirru


Emmanuel Lubezki, Roager Deakins, Christopher Doyle, Robert Richardson, Wally Pfister, Hoyte Van Hoytema, Janusz Kaminski


"Turn your Filmi dream into a Career where you can establish your Identity..
....live your passion"