What is a Director of Photography?

This person is also known as the DP, or the head cinematographer. It has been argued that, besides the director, the DP is the most important person on a set when it comes to the visual aspect of the film. He/she is responsible for achieving the artistic and creative vision that is desired by the director. When the director says what he/she wants a certain scene to look like, it is the job of the DP to make sure that look is executed properly. The DP has to make sure that the scene is lit properly, and framed correctly. DP’s have been said to “paint with light”.


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