Here is Denis' take on Cinematography. Well, the name comes from combining two Greek words: kinema, which means movement, and graphein, which means to record. In film, cinematography refers to the photographing of the movie itself. The person in charge of this is the cinematographer, also known as the director or photography or the DP. Cinematography goes beyond setting up a set, knowing the specifics of a camera. What lens to use or how to frame a shot. For me, Cinematography is the art of creating a realistic image through a glass. Is how I can connect different worlds into one and have an adequate opportunity to convey a message. Knowingly that every second every frame is the only chance I have to show everything my brain can retain from the technically to the execution process. The cinematographer is one of the most important people that will be hired for a film. The visual look of your film is heavily dependent on who you hire. If you ever find yourself in a hiring position, then make sure that your potential DP has a reel for you to see. You want to be sure that you're hiring the right person. Although all of this is demanding, to me and a lot of cinematographers out there is no right or wrong way. Yes, you can go to film school, but everybody's different. The main idea is to know what you are trying to achieve how you get it is up to you. There is no book or recipe that details how to obtain a particular look. Light varies in every spectrum, and we can not replicate even if we use the same techniques over and over. It is important to learn your craft, learn the tools don't own of all then but have a clear idea of when to use them and why this is when I can said you have made it. You have identified your style! Knowing your style is just the beginning because you will never master it, not because you can't it is because it becomes so naturally that you can't even explain how you do things. At this point is when big productions big films are calling you to do what you do best that "natural" approach that has taken a lot of years to get better. Is not easy but it is not impossible. Somewhere someone said when you sleep someone else is learning what you know trying to get better than you are until he/she surpass you. This is why you can not take unnecessary breaks always work hard have that desire in your heart, and everything will place itself out as a puzzle board. Keep in mind that every piece of that puzzle board is not move alone someone needs to guide them.