Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins is a legend in the field, but what exactly separates him apart from other great cinematographers? This excellent breakdown identifies three elements of Deakins’ style that make his work uniquely beautiful:
1. Simple lighting setups
2. Simple, low saturation color schemes
3. Smooth, steady camera work.
This video by Blake’s Take features shots from several of Deakins films, especially the frozen lake scene from ‘Skyfall’ (2012). They showcase Deakin’s use of the three techniques that define his simple, beautiful cinematography style.