cin·​e·​ma·​tog·​ra·​phy | \ˌsi-nə-mə-ˈtä-grə-fē \

Definition of cinematography 

: the art or science of motion-picture photography

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Other Words from cinematography

cinematographic \ -​ˌma-​tə-​ˈgra-​fik \ adjective
cinematographically \ -​fi-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Examples of cinematography in a Sentence

The film's cinematography is breathtaking. Who did the cinematography for this film?

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And, really, how many 15-year-olds authoritatively discuss Italian cinematography or read biographies of the maharaja of Jaipur? Michael Callahan, Town & Country, "Show Business Royalty Carys Zeta Douglas Is Ready for Her Close Up," 1 Aug. 2018 This is, like, the best Bachelor cinematography ever. Rebecca Farley,, "The Bachelorette Season 14, Episode 2 Recap: Are We Human Or Are We Model?," 5 June 2018 It was captured by a specialized drone used for commercial and film cinematography that recorded the light show from start to finish. Alex Fitzpatrick, Time, "Watch as Nearly 1,000 Drones Come Together to Make TIME's New Cover," 31 May 2018 An even more dramatic example of brain function driving an artistic form can be seen in cinematography. Daniel Glaser, A-LIST, "Out of Your Mind," 1 July 2018 The film begins with a long, high angle shot of the Italian village of Assisi, done in time-lapse cinematography to convey what the filmmaker considers the timeless nature of the place. Wim Wenders, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Pope Francis: A Man of His Word,’ a Religious Leader Speaks at Length," 17 May 2018 And the effects, in concert with Robert Elswit’s cinematography, are spectacular. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Skyscraper’ Review: Outsize Building, Outlandish Fun," 12 July 2018 Miele brings the building to life, both through cinematography — notice how the lobby floor shines like a pool of black water — to descriptions of the Carlyle's luxuries. Randy Cordova, azcentral, "Loving documentary 'Always at the Carlyle' is worth a visit," 24 May 2018 Obviously there was an enormous amount of effort, cinematography. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: YouTube Music head Lyor Cohen on Recode Media," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of cinematography

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cinematography was in 1896

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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 \
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 \ adjective
cinematographically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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