You can capture footage of anything, with any lens, camera body, or even device and it won’t hurt you to do it. I know that didn’t really blow your mind but I had to get your attention somehow, right?
As a college student not currently in film school yet, making the time to go out and shoot anything and everything can sometimes be a little tough. Many times, filming for fun gets put on the back burner behind tests, studying, and work. Because of this simple fact that I am in college, I have to remind myself to make time for what I really love to do. I have a job on campus that allows me to edit and set up production for video shoots, etc. and I love what I get to do to pay the bills (well some of the bills, I’m a student don’t forget.)
However, aside from having this incredible job, I also find myself longing to go out and film and just ignore the rules. Ignore the rule of thirds or the concept that my shot is “underexposed,” just completely let loose in my shooting. I find it important to make time to do this to really discover your style, to create your cinematic fingerprint that one-day people will recognize you for. If one day you decide you want to go out and just get footage of nature because it happens to be foggy that day and you think it’ll look cool, then just go! Don’t let the monotony of everyday tasks take away the valuable time you have to create art, even if this sometimes means staying awake a couple hours longer to fit it into your schedule.
Cinematography is an art that must be oiled and fine-tuned. In order to oil and fine-tune your shots, you must be willing to experiment and discover your specific style. Now I can’t speak for great cinematographers like Reed Morano and Autumn Durald, however, I can bet that they took those little opportunities in life to improve their craft.
Fortunately and unfortunately there are not many female cinematographers in the game, meaning those of us who wish to pursue this career must work that much harder to achieve it. Find your angles, find your color scheme, and find your movement with your equipment. Discover the best ways to tell the story and tell it like no one has ever seen it been told before.