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Secondly, there is the notion that in a world of digital innovation cheaper and easy-to-use cameras are making the cinematographer obsolete. Yes, it is true that digitization has made cinematography readily accessible to more and more people. This is good! It’s wonderful that people can use cell phones to shoot events. There are even entire film festivals devoted to cell phone videos. The more citizen cinematographers out there, the better the appreciation for our craft, creativity and expertise. It was Michael Goi ASC, the president of the American Society of Cinematographers, who summed it up best when asked about the “waning” need for cinematographers in modern movie making. Goi aptly pointed out that anyone can pick up a guitar and strum a couple of bars, but not everyone is Eric Clapton. The technological advances in the last 25 years have been astounding, but, and again it’s a big but, the advances are just tools. It is still up to the person behind the lens, using their expertise and knowledge, to create the visual interpretation. I don’t think cinematography is going anywhere, except into the future.
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