Recommended Cinematography Books

A Listmania! list by Austin F. Schmidt
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The list author says: "This is a list of my favorite and most recommended books to young cinematographers and film students alike."
Cinematography: Theory and Practice: Image Making for Cinematographers, Directors, and Videographers
1.  Cinematography: Theory and Practice: Image Making for Cinematographers, Directors, and Videographers by Blain Brown
The list author says:
  "The title is self-explanatory. Brown skillfully addresses theoretical practices when visually telling a story. He also speaks on the technology used to tell that story such as optics, light, photochemical processes, and equipment. This book has been my technical bible as a student and teacher."
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Every Frame a Rembrandt: Art and Practice of Cinematography
2.  Every Frame a Rembrandt: Art and Practice of Cinematography by Andrew Laszlo
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  "Laszlo relives five different productions from his career, recounting the process of each from pre-production to post. This is a fascinating read."
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Practical Cinematography
3.  Practical Cinematography by Paul Wheeler
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  "Similar to Blain Brown’s yet different, as Wheeler is a British cinematographer and his take on specific topics is sometimes different. This exemplifies how our craft is based on personal preference and experience rather than technical data."
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Masters of Light: Conversations with Contemporary Cinematographers
4.  Masters of Light: Conversations with Contemporary Cinematographers by Dennis Schaefer
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  "A fascinating compilation of interviews with several famous and influential cinematographers such as Conrad Hall, Haskell Wexler, Gordon Willis and Owen Roizman. Each cinematographer offers detailed insight about his career path, philosophy and technical approach to specific films."
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New Cinematographers
5.  New Cinematographers by Alex Ballinger
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  "Contains extended studies of six young (well, they were young when the book came out) major cinematographers in today’s Hollywood system. The book evaluates each cinematographer’s films, up to the book’s current publication date. Another fascinating read, however, I wish Ballinger would do this again with another slew of "young" cinematographers."
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Reflections: Twenty-One Cinematographers At Work
6.  Reflections: Twenty-One Cinematographers At Work by Benjamin Bergery
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  "Provides detailed techniques in the form of illustrations, diagrams, still frame reproductions and knowledge of twenty of the most honored cinematographers. This is a personal favorite and must-read for any aspiring student."
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