the art of making motion pictures.
photographing of motion pictures: the art or technique of photographing and lighting motion pictures
noun [uncountable] cinema
the job or skill of making movies
the art, science, and work of photography in making films
Cambridge Dictionary of American English:
the art and methods of photography used in making a movie The cinematography is what makes this film as wonderful as it really is.
Art and technology of motion-picture photography. It involves the composition of a scene, lighting of the set and actors, choice of cameras, camera angle, and integration of special effects to achieve the photographic images desired by the director. Cinematography focuses on relations between the individual shots and groups of shots that make up a scene to produce a film's effect.
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia:
the art or science of film (motion-picture) photography
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms:
Motion picture photography.
Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia:
motion picture photography or cinematography,
photographic arts and techniques involved in making motion pictures.
Cinematography is the act of lighting and photographing the images.http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/mo...
ArtLex Art Dictionary:
Cinematography is the art of motion-picture photography.http://www.artlex.com/ArtLex/c/cinema.html
Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science (ODLIS):
Derived from the name of the Cinematographe apparatus invented in 1895 by Auguste and Louis Lumière, the term is applied both to the art and scientific methods of motion picture photography and to the entire process of making motion pictures, including photography, processing, editing, printing, and projection. The cinematographer (also known as the "director of photography") is typically in charge of the camera crew and provides advice to the film director as needed concerning the camera angles and shots that are possible in each scene and their technical requirements. Also refers to the act of making a motion picture. In the United States, an Academy Award is given each year for best cinematography.