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This is the best-selling book on cinematography, and is often referred to as ‘the Bible.’ The new 2nd edition is publishing August 1st and you can pre-order a copy now.

Or… you can win a FREE copy. Simply enter a comment within this post about WHY you deserve a copy, and the best answer as judged by us will get a free copy sent to them. You must enter-to-win by June 30, 2011.

*Note: comments are not automatically posted to the site… but fear not… if you post, it will show up within 24 hours. Full contest rules here.

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   andy gahan said on June 21, 2011 at 8:49 pm

I really like cinema and I love photography so a book on cinemaphotography would RULE!


   Jeff Lamb said on June 22, 2011 at 2:15 am

Because I take the time to copy and paste the links from twitter on my phone that you guys leave as text. Oh and as a freelancer it’d be nice to get a great tool for free!

   Kayla Warren said on June 22, 2011 at 5:06 am

I teach middle school students and would love to use this as a resource!!

   Nick Coccellato said on June 22, 2011 at 8:41 am

I’ve never really studied cinematography before. This book sounds like it would be a great first step.

   Jacob Osborn said on June 22, 2011 at 9:42 am

Film-school reject trying to make it on his own. This is the go-to book and I *need* a copy. Sometimes YouTube videos and forum posts aren’t enough. Sometimes you need an expert voice. On top of that, I just got my first DP gig on an indie and can use all the help I can get.

   Anais Wheeler said on June 22, 2011 at 2:34 pm

No shipping costs! haha. 😛

   Mike Miller said on June 23, 2011 at 4:04 am

i’ve worked with dozens of great DP’s, they probably read this, so, if i read this it would probably help make me someone that others would look up to, then they would read it and tell me why I was once a great DP, and so on, and so on, and so on…

   Louis Kerman said on June 23, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Whether it’s a first film or seventh, a filmmaker never stops learning.

   Chetan Hosakote said on June 23, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Because I don’t know anything about CINEMATOGRAPHY!!

   Chris Eaton said on June 23, 2011 at 7:16 pm

I am a non-profit employee looking to reinvent myself as a documentary filmmaker, so the second edition of Cinematography would be of great help in my endeavors.

   Thomas Johnson said on June 23, 2011 at 7:20 pm

I’m a professional always trying to learn new tricks.

   Howard Phillips said on June 23, 2011 at 7:31 pm

I will be able to make immediate use of this by recommending it to the numerous film students and alumni here and at other film schools; not to mention many colleagues who also teach film across the state, the country and even overseas! Plus I just love Focal Press!

   Gregor Schmidinger said on June 24, 2011 at 5:51 am

Because I need to refresh my cinematographic memory and need to get inspired for my next short film shoot in fall. Plus, I’ll write a review on my blog. 😉

   Rubén Burgos, Jr. said on June 24, 2011 at 1:31 pm

“…because if I can tell a story in 1 frame, imagine what I’ll do with 30 per second”

   Thomas Moore said on June 25, 2011 at 12:41 am

give me the book.

   Marius BADEA said on June 25, 2011 at 3:36 am

Cinema is my religion but i just missed the bible and you’re going to fix this!

   John Purcell said on June 25, 2011 at 6:07 am

Because I’d tell my friends and students to buy it before it’s pirated.

   Craig Amabello said on June 25, 2011 at 7:33 am

Because I am ELVIS and I have Come Back from the GRAVE to Make Movies!

   Tony Cooper said on June 27, 2011 at 9:03 am

My pictures show what you can learn from Focal Press Books and Michael Freeman.

I’ll let my pictures say …the thousand words.

   Mastering Film said on July 5, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Thanks everyone for posting these great answers! We loved them all, and wish we could select multiple winners. Unfortunately, we can’t.

Our favorite was Marius Badea… cinema is his religion and Cinematography is his bible…

Jacob, Mike and Tony all get honorable mention for their answers.

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