“Cinematography —photography for motion pictures—is the general term that brings together all the strictly photographic elements that produce the images we see projected on the screen. Lighting devices and their effects; film stocks and the colors or tones they produce; the lenses used to record images on celluloid; the shape of the image, how it is created, and what it means—these all constitute the art of cinematography. This, too, is an aspect of mise-en-scene. The word cinematography comes from two Greek roots: kinesis (the root of cinema), meaning movement, and grapho, which means to write or record. (Photography is derived from phos, meaning light, and grapho.) Writing with movement and light—it’s a great way to begin to think about the cinematographic content of motion pictures.”
—Film studies: An introduction by Ed Sikov.