cam·​era·​work ˈkam-rə-ˌwərk How to pronounce camerawork (audio)
variants or camera work
: the photography produced by a camera and especially a motion-picture, video, or television camera
Despite the realistic orientation of the writing and camerawork of Tour of Duty (which in its first year occasionally employed "documentary" techniques such as a shaky camera and grainy footage), the sound effects aren't meant to be realistic at all.Laura Cohen
It doesn't help that the tape's sound is borderline cheesy, or that the camera work is lackadaisical.Jim Farber

Examples of camerawork in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also making a persuasive case are the atmospherics wrought by Mariano Suarez’s first-rate widescreen camerawork, Pablo Fuu’s edge-of-heavy-metal score, editor Lionel Cornistein’s taut pacing, Marcos Berta’s visual effects, and all other major design contributions. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 5 Oct. 2023 He is also known as one of world cinema’s foremost stylists, with many films displaying precise lighting and color in lengthy shots with static or extremely slow-moving camerawork. Patrick Frater, Variety, 25 Oct. 2023 This is a big, bigger-than-life movie with sweeping vistas and soaring camerawork, but one that incessantly shifts from bright, wide-open spaces to interiors as shadowy as their inhabitants. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 19 Oct. 2023 The concert event, directed by Micah Bickham, was released in March and is nominated for two Emmys: outstanding technical direction and camerawork for a special and outstanding lighting design/lighting direction for a variety special. Mesfin Fekadu, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Oct. 2023 Chatter at intermission was less idle chit-chat than eager discussion about the need to process the uncomfortable story unfolding, complemented by van Hove’s signature theatrical camerawork. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 28 Sep. 2023 Kolodny puts nary a foot wrong in his precise replication of a midcentury vérité aesthetic and gaze, from the particular grain and thrust of the camerawork to the authentically abrasive tone and tenor of the performances. Guy Lodge, Variety, 20 Sep. 2023 The camerawork is respectful, matter-of-fact, with no hint of a lingering eye. Maya Phillips, New York Times, 3 Sep. 2023 The budget looks higher, the camerawork slicker and there is more overall craft taken into consideration than your average low-budget exploitation premise. William Earl, Variety, 30 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of camerawork was in 1858

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“Camerawork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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