Digital Cinematography

Learn fundamental techniques and aesthetic possibilities for cinema-style production using digital motion picture cameras.

As more productions go digital, cinematographers, DPs and videographers use digital cameras to achieve aesthetic results previously only available by shooting film. This course for emerging cinematographers and videographers highlights the advantages of using digital technology, and addresses the challenges and limitations of various digital formats.

The class discusses aesthetic possibilities of shooting with digital cameras, how to achieve a filmic look and when visual style is appropriate to the story as well as how to set up cameras, use on-board menus to maximize image quality and achieve different looks. Students learn the characteristics of different sensor sizes and how depth-of-field is affected, CCD versus CMOS sensors and the advantages and challenges of working with each.

Through demonstrations and exercises in lighting narrative scenes, the class covers the special requirements of lighting for digital cameras, using light meters to achieve correct exposure, working with the camera’s dynamic range, balancing and correcting mixed lighting sources, and calibrating video monitors to accurately display images. The course also provides an introduction to the digital workflow and post-production process, and output options for the finished video.


"This course was a great follow up to Basic Cinematography. I can't wait to get shooting again back home"
- Luke Hudgins, Halifax, Nova Scotia

"Maine Media Workshops really created an atmosphere that's extremely conducive to learning many new skill sets for this industry"
- Joel Evens, Franklin, TN

"Even with 20+ years experience, a vast amount of knowledge was gained"
- Chris Voltz, San Francisco, CA

"This course really opened my eyes to the world of cinematography and production lighting"
- Jason Norris, Hampton, VA

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Matt Siegel

Matt Siegel’s background centers on commercials, branding, and communications. With offices in Los Angeles and Singapore, his company Imageworks runs day and night, producing and filming spots for international brands SONY, Toyota, Ford, Audi, MasterCard, Microsoft, Nike, Adidas, and Coca-Cola. 

Matt has created wildly popular viral marketing campaigns with marquee clients, including Hasbro’s Nerf and Reebok’s hot Zigtech and EasyTone brands.

He has won international recognition for his spot work, including CLIO, ADDY, TELE, Golden Lion, and ACE awards.

In addition to commercial production, Matt has performed tours of duty as 2nd Unit DP and Camera Operator on the WB series Everwood, the CBS drama Joan of Arcadia, the Jerry Bruckheimer series Just Legal, and the top-rated CBS series The Mentalist.

His experience with Hollywood features includes camera operation on the major motions pictures The Matrix: Reloaded, Master and Commander, and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

Matt balances his professional film career with time in the classroom, conducting camera and lighting workshops around the world. He demonstrates production techniques and new technology for ARRI, Panasonic, and SONY. As a founder and arts professor, Matt lent his professional expertise to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts-Asia.

Matt enthusiastically teamed with Google's Studio G and Google X in Mountain View, CA., assisting in cutting edge R&D on groundbreaking projects like the driverless car and Google Glass along with a wide range of commercial, marketing, and communications applications.

His most recent publication on Digital Cinematography is due to be published by J.Wiley & Sons in 2013.

Bill Holshevnikoff

Bill Holshevnikoff is an award-winning Director of Photography, lighting designer and educator, Holshevnikoff has been lighting and shooting broadcast, corporate and documentary programming for over 25 years. He has created stunning lighting and imagery for clients such as Ritz-Carlton, Marriott Resorts, National Geographic, Four Seasons, Mercedes-Benz, Infinity, Cisco Systems, and for numerous television networks throughout the world. Holshevnikoff recently completed a new National Geographic special tracking the humpback whale’s migration from Hawaii to Alaska.

The Fellowship of the Whales” is airing worldwide via National Geographic and is on PBS in the U.S. He also worked for networks in Beijing at the 2008 Olympics.

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