The premise I used to write this, the second edition of this book, is different from that I used for the first edition.

Now I have set out my stall in the first chapter, in which I describe the tasks and responsibilities of the Director of Photography. The rest of the book then tells you how to gain the skills and knowledge you will need, one day, to get your first job as a DP.

You may not use some of the knowledge contained herein on a day-to-day basis on the set, but if you have it somewhere at the back of your mind you will be a much more proficient DP.

I have also been very conscious of the skills needed in the positions leading up to the DP’s job; hence, there are chapters on focus pulling, circles of confusion, etc. to enable ...

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