Tip Of The Day: Utilizing Limitations In Cinematography

For the third instalment of my ‘Tip Of The Day’ videos, I wanted to discuss the concept of self imposed limitations, and how they can help bring out your creative potential (especially in cinematography). Often times as we develop a skill set, it becomes easy to slip into a certain way of doing things that can eventually make the quality of our work plateau. In this video I share some thoughts on this issue, as well as some quick ideas to help you shake things up creatively and get the creative juices flowing.

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Noam Kroll is an award-winning Los Angeles based filmmaker, and the founder of the boutique production house, Creative Rebellion. His work can be seen at international film festivals, on network television, and in various publications across the globe. Follow Noam on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for more content like this!


  • Liam

    Couldn’t agree more. I have a GH3 and recently acquired a Blackmagic Pocket. One of the things I love about the Blackmagic is that there are hardly any settings to mess with, so that’s one limitation, and I also can’t record forever on one SD card, which is another. I find myself trying to be creative with shots and really making decisions on how a shot looks before I hit record. Very satisfying! Obviously you can tweak a lot more in post but on the day I seem to be more careful about what is actually getting recorded.

    Still early days with the blackmagic but hoping to use it a lot more soon!

    • Thanks Liam! I love using the Blackmagic camera for those exact reasons. It’s just so simple and it works… As long as you embrace the simplicity of the camera and make it work for you, you will certainly get fantastic results. Thanks for chiming in.


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