|Very simply the invention of the movie camera in the late 19th century started the miracle called Cinema.
From extremely basic hand-cranked devices to the extremely sophisticated film and HD cameras of today-the
history of cinematography is synonymous with the history of Cinema itself. The persons looking through the
viewfinder, controlling aperture, focus, shutter angle and lighting are the magicians called Cinematographers.As
Sven Nyquist, a world-renowned cinematographer puts it "The art of cinematography is nothing but the
art of painting with light". But artistry apart, Cinematography is also a highly technical field. A good
Cinematographer needs to know the physics of optics, the chemistry of laboratory processing, the electronics
of video cameras and the mathematics of exposure. If ever there was a profession that married science and
art, it is the profession of Cinematography. It is the Cinematographers who become the "eye" of the Director,
transposing his/her vision into unforgettable images that leave an indelible impression on our minds.
The students doing the Cinematography Course at DADASAHEB PHALKE ACTING AND FILM
ACADEMY-The Film School, are not only given hands-on practical training in film and digital cameras along
with extensive lensing and lighting practicals, but are also given a rigorous input in the aesthetics of image
We prepare our students doing the Cinematography Course to be able to perform in all kinds of shooting
conditions, be it the studio floor, the exterior space or a combination of interior and exterior lighting
conditions.We also train them to work as part of a collaborative team and be able to communicate with the
Director and understand his or her requirements fully.