A cinematographer is the one who is the main person over the camera and light crews working on a film, production or any other live action or videography. He is also called as director of photography. He is the one who take artistic and technical decision during a shoot. 

Career Options

  • - Films - Television - Short Films - Documentaries - Broadcasting Channels

Educational Qualifications

  • Minimum qualification is 10+2

Personal Skills

  • - Artistic eye for photography - Basics of photography - Film-specific photography equipment and techniques - Problem-solving skills - Ability to work under pressure - Decision maker - Manage a budget and staff - Hard work - Passion - Dedication towards the film industry - Determination - Communication skills

Courses to be pursued

  • - Bachelor of Film and TV Production (Three Year) - PG or Diploma in Cinematography (One or Two Years)

Top Colleges

  • Film and Television Institute of India, Pune Address: No.11, Law College Rd, Shanti Sheela Society, Telephone Exchange, Pune, Maharashtra 411004 Phone: 020 2558 0000 Website:
  • Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata Address: E.M.Byepass Road, Pancha Sayar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700094 Phone: 033 2432 8355 Website:

Working Conditions

A lot of Opportunity to travel. Sometimes the situations depend on type of production also. Comfortable with both indoor and outdoor shootings. It has long working hours and vary on the type of production.

Top Companies

  • Yash Raj Films Pvt Ltd Address: 5, Shah Industrial Estate, Veera Desai Road, Andheri West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400053 Phone: 022 3061 3500 Website:
  • Dharma Productions Address: Unit No 201& 202, 2nd Floor, Supreme Chambers, 17/18 Shah Industrial Estate, Off Veera Desai Road, Andheri (W), Mumbai, Maharashtra 400053 Phone: 022 6179 0100 Website:

Successful Persons

Anil Mehta

Anil is a cinematographer, writer and director who has shot various successful movies such as Lagaan, Veer-Zaara, Jab Tak Hai Jaan etc. He received National Film Award for Best Cinematography for Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam.

Sudeep Chatterjee

He is best known for his work in some major blockbusters like Padmavat, Bajirao Mastani, Dhoom 3, Chak De India etc.

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