Technology is disrupting a lot of things and cinematography is not left behind. A lot of innovations that have transformed how cinematographers work. Innovations like Virtual Reality, motion capture, drones, high-resolution cameras, and others are changing the landscape of cinematography. In this article, we’ll look at five ways technology is modifying cinematography.
1. Virtual Reality
Virtual reality makes for an awesome viewing experience. Cinematographers can now utilize virtual reality for a truly immersive experience, where the viewer is in the driver seat of the action.
2. 360 videos
With 360 videos, viewers can follow a reporter as he surveys an accident scene. They can turn their heads around and take in the whole scene from a 360⁰ perspective for a better perspective. 360 cameras make this possible.
3. Better cameras
Cameras are now much better today. The latest cameras can produce better time-lapse effects. You can check online for tips for buying a time lapse camera. Even cameras of mobile phones are so good that some short films have even been shot on mobile phones. Mobile phone cameras come with optical image stabilization (OIS), HDR, 4K video capabilities and other features usually found in professional cameras alone. For example, the award-winning director Steven Soderbergh shot the movie Unsane with an iPhone 7+. Zack Synder filmed Snow Stream Iron with an iPhone 7+. Tangerine was shot on an iPhone 5s, and it won several awards, and it even earned a place in the Academy Museum.
4. Green screen
Thanks to green screen technology, several special effects can be added to movies easily. Green screen technology has now become mainstream that any amateur cinematographer can buy a green screen and reproduce various special effects in their studio or home. You no longer need to have expensive studio sets and spend a lot of money to achieve these effects. Green screen backdrops are as cheap as $17. There are a lot of free and paid stock green screen footages available on the internet. Also, upcoming cinematographers no longer have to pay for extremely expensive green screen software. They can now make use of one of the cheaper options available like Movavi Video Editor. Effects like mini-people, levitation, invisibility, cloning, walking on water, x-ray effects, flying carpet effects etc. can be done with a green screen.
Aerial shots are now much better thanks to drone technology. Drones can capture footage at any angle from great heights. They can be easily controlled, and their batteries can last for as much as 40 minutes now. Drones are now affordable for cinematographers and can be bought for less than $1000. The latest drones from manufacturers like DJI and Typhoon come with 4K recording capabilities, obstacle detection and advanced camera controls for cinematographers.
The future of technology in cinematography
Technology evolves daily, and new cinematography technology is announced almost on a daily basis. A 4K 3D VR camera has been announced, better smartphone camera gears are being designed. Autonomous drones for cinematographers are being designed by MIT researchers. These are a few of what is expected to come. The future looks bright as technology will continually transform cinematography as we know it.