cin·​e·​ma·​tog·​ra·​phy | \ ˌsi-nə-mə-ˈtä-grə-fē How to pronounce cinematography (audio) \

Definition of cinematography

: the art or science of motion-picture photography

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Other Words from cinematography

cinematographic \ ˌsi-​nə-​ˌma-​tə-​ˈgra-​fik How to pronounce cinematographic (audio) \ adjective
cinematographically \ ˌsi-​nə-​ˌma-​tə-​ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce cinematographically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of cinematography in a Sentence

The film's cinematography is breathtaking. Who did the cinematography for this film?
Recent Examples on the Web Cinematographers vote for best cinematography nominees, directors for best director, etc. Washington Post, "Your most pressing Oscars ceremony questions, answered," 7 Feb. 2020 Dreamlike black-and-white cinematography that pivots between aspect ratios, brushed with a jazzy score, elegantly suits the biting romanticism of this bite-size reverie. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Drug-fueled romp ‘Charlie and Hannah’s Grand Night Out’ trips the night fantastic," 26 Sep. 2019 Tony Pierce-Roberts' breathtaking cinematography ascends to even greater heights in this film. Jeff Menell, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Howards End': THR's 1992 Review," 27 Feb. 2020 The magnificently opulent Georgian settings and charming cinematography alone have inspired wonder even for the most . Madeline Swanson, Vogue, "Obsessed With Emma? Here’s How to Give Regency-Era Style a Modern Update," 21 Feb. 2020 True pros understand that photography and cinematography aren't two distinct teams on the wedding day—despite their (most likely) being two separate businesses. Heather Hall, Harper's BAZAAR, "BAZAAR's Little Black Book: The Top Wedding Videographers in the World," 21 Jan. 2020 It was nominated for 10 Oscars in total, including best cinematography for the work of Roger Deakins, who won the same award two years ago for Blade Runner 2049. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "The Oscar for best picture now has a clear frontrunner," 19 Jan. 2020 Those categories included everything from best actress and best cinematography to best horror feature and best young performer. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "Elsie Fisher Created the Elsie Awards to Fix Oscars 2020 Snubs," 14 Jan. 2020 An important element, and also contributing to the film’s light-on-its-feet quality, is the luminous, graceful cinematography of France’s Yorick Le Saux. Kenneth Turan, Anchorage Daily News, "Review: With a splendid new ‘Little Women,’ Greta Gerwig is thinking big," 24 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of cinematography

1896, in the meaning defined above

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“Cinematography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cinematography

: the art, process, or job of filming movies : motion-picture photography


cin·​e·​ma·​tog·​ra·​phy | \ ˌsin-ə-mə-ˈtäg-rə-fē How to pronounce cinematography (audio) \
plural cinematographies

Medical Definition of cinematography

: the art or science of motion-picture photography X-ray fluoroscopic cinematography

Other Words from cinematography

cinematographic \ -​ˌmat-​ə-​ˈgraf-​ik How to pronounce cinematographic (audio) \ adjective
cinematographically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce cinematographically (audio) \ adverb

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