Why Every Cinematographer Should Spend More Time Practicing Photography

While photography and videography are different, they share many common aspects. Starting with one, and then also learning the other is an excellent idea to improve your craft and potentially open doors for more jobs by becoming more versatile. In a recent video Matti Haapoja released on TravelFeels, he explains to us why he believes shooting stills is crucial for videographers.

Photography is all about telling a story in one frame. There isn’t any movement, transition, or fancy effect to hide the poor technical quality of a picture like it’s possible when shooting a film. Mastering the storytelling part of photography is important for videographers. It will help their composition skills tremendously.

Lighting is another important part of photography, hence the name of the art. A different lighting setup can entirely change what a frame tries to convey. Learning to read and use light correctly is very important. Some people like to start with natural light and grow from there, other prefer artificial sources and then add natural light later on. Find what works best for you, but most importantly try to see light and how it affects different textures and shapes.

Photography is always useful, especially if you are working with social media platforms. You’ll most likely need thumbnails for your YouTube videos, pictures to illustrate your work, or simply a couple of images to tease your followers before releasing your most recent movie. No matter what the case, pictures are never lost. Even simple behind-the-scenes images tend to get followers quite excited about your work, so why not use that to your advantage? 

Additionally, Haapoja takes the time to explain how to improve your photography. But I’m guessing if you are reading Fstoppers, you already know about this part. If not, be sure to watch the video until the end and then look for interesting educational articles on Fstoppers.

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Matthias Dengler's picture

I'm sorry, but I feel like he is talking to total noobs and stating the obvious... I turned it off after 4 minutes.

Quentin Decaillet's picture

I understand what you mean but not everyone watching his channel and reading Fstoppers is a pro ;)

Matthias Dengler's picture

Okay, fair enough. You are right!

I would never recommend a beginning photographer to use presets, it's like telling someone to shoot in auto to get better shots. yes, auto will get you better shots first, but when you understand the concepts of exposure, it gives you much more control, and make you the creative one

16mm Camera's picture

They're just doing that to hawk their own goods. THey're not in to to teach you, they're in it to monetize you. It's pretty obvious.