7 Great Cinematography Tips for Indie Filmmakers

There are a lot of brilliant cinematographers out there, unfortunately there are also a lot of wannabe cinematographers who don’t yet know what they are talking about. So what do you do if you want to get some quick cinematography tips? You come to us, of course and we’ll show you the videos that we’ve been watching.

Cinematography is an art form and although the basic principles can be taught thoroughly and well, it’s up to you to get out there and practice, to develop your own style and to up your game. These tutorials should always be watched as a learning resources and never be thought of as the hard and fast rules of cinematography. If you’re ready to step up your game, head over to our fundamentals of cinematography course to learn cinematography.

Basic Cinematography Tips!

Film Riot

This cinematography tutorial mainly focuses on lighting setups; with Film Riot breaking down two set-ups. The first, is in the day and the other is, you guessed it, at night. Plus, they take a look at some basic cinematography ideas.

Cinematography Tips for Filmmakers


A nice and quick overview of cinematography for DSLR users. The indie filmmaker in you wants to keep learning, right? Well DSLRGuide goes into some principles of cinematography and what to do to get better at those principles. Going out for a run? Take your phone and practice some composition.

Cinematography Secrets with Rob Hardy


Rob Hardy shares his insights into being a cinematographer. It’s important to want to be a cinematographer for the love of the art above all else. Start shooting as often and as much as you can. Start learning about natural lighting and start playing around with manipulating light.

Edgar Wright – How to Do Visual Comedy

Every Frame a Painting

This is one of our most liked videos on visual storytelling and as a cinematographer, especially if you love visual comedy, then you’re going to take a lot away from this film. Okay, so it focuses mainly on Edgar Wrights directing style but as a cinematographer, it’s your job to translate the director to image.

Shooting in Golden Hour – DSLR Cinematography Tips


Chances are, if you are an indie filmmaker then you’ll be filming at all hours of the day. One of the most picturesque times of the day is the golden hour, or dusk to you and me. The golden hour is a tricky beast, it looks amazing when you get it right but there isn’t a lot of time to get it right. You need to keep your mistakes at a minimal so you can get the shots you need.

5 Simple Tips & Tricks to Shoot Better DSLR Video!

Jonathan Morrison

It’s all in the title of this video. Five simple tips and tricks make up the next video in this list of cinematography tutorials. The aim of this video is to give you some basics to really up your cinematography game.

How to Get the Film Look with a DSLR – DSLR Cinematography Tips


UglyMcGregor takes a small clip and looks to turn it into a more cinematic look. This is a very quick and very basic overview of the process and we urge you to play around with the settings to find your look. This video will give you a decent look at where to start in post-production with your footage.

So there we go, 7 great cinematography videos from YouTube. What are some of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below.