Love playing with camera? Viewing that same picture, that same thing by hundreds of different angles because you know angle matters, amount of light and focusing matters? Remember Alia Bhatt in ‘Dear Zindagi’? Yes, her profession, that is what I am talking about Cinematography. A cinematographer determines how each scene in a movie, TV show, advertisement or video will look on camera, as per the director’s overall plan and instructions for shooting.

You are the ones who keeps in mind the simple things of shooting, yet the major ones that actually turns a normal shot into a brilliant one. This involves scouting the location and checking lighting, film, focus, camera distance and angles. In post-production, they may oversee editing and cutting.

They work closely with the director to ensure that the vision of the film is being fulfilled. They may specialize in a certain area or genre, such as horror, animation or 3-D. Other potential areas of expertise are sound processing, story-boarding and applying special effects While these workers may not operate cameras themselves, they’re responsible for directing the camera operators and ensuring that shooting proceeds according to plan.

So we can see they hold a very important play in direction and overall presentation of movie.

Best Cinematographers in India

Santosh Sivan
Santosh Sivan is one of the golden names in Indian Cinematography.
Bagging almost 13 National Awards and entitled with a Padma Shri. he is the first Indian to get into the world-famous Society of American Cinematographers.
The song ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya’ was a grand success because of the well-studied angles and view shots by Sivan.
Or using the old aspect ratio to enhance the movie Ivar’s periodic flavor.

2. Ravi K. Chandran

While doing the cinematography for Fanaa, he was appreciated by the prominent director Aditya Chopra for his skill of narrating a story where there was silence, thus bagging a position in the painting of scenes in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.
Khan to Khan in B-Town, he was the man behind the lens which focused on the scenes in Ghajini, My Name Is Khan and Dil Chahta Hai.
3. P.C. Sreeram


He is the Guru of Cinematography, amongst filmmakers.
The man behind the camera in the movie Nayakan, which found its way into the Times List.
Contributed to almost 30 films in Malayalam, Telegu, Hindi, and Kannada.
Acclaimed films include Paa and the recent one which is about to release ‘ Ki And Ka’.

4. Sudeep Chatterjee


‘A Bong boy from Kolkata’ is what he prefers to call himself.
His debut being Bollywood director Ram Gopal Verma’s Road.
Followed by Iqbal, which was loved equally by the audience as well as by critics.
He dared to shoot most of ‘Chak De India!’ without a tripod, albeit criticized for being less glamorous and having a documented feel to it. He won four awards (Filmfare, Screen, IIFA and Zee Cine) for it!

Education Requirements 

A two or four-year degree in film can be an excellent way to start a cinematography career. You can even get more specific and proper technical training in some of the universities. Students get to know a lot about different aspects of filming like about the different types of camera equipment, like lenses and film, as well as how to use all of it.

Certain cinematography skills can be learned by watching award-winning movies and experienced professionals at work, most successful cinematographers choose to earn relevant degrees.

Famous Universities in India for Cinematography course

Most universities are same as that of for Direction course in India

Film and Television Institute of India, Pune

2.  Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata

3.  Asian Academy of Film and Television, Noida

4. FX School, Mumbai


Then you can go abroad to get the best of training in world,

New York Film Academy