The German Society of Cinematographers BVK has published a new book with detailed description of job profiles from the entire camera crew. Professional descriptions for the Cinematographer, assistant camera, DIT, colourist are all described in German and in English languages.
Here a small description that defines the cinematographer:
«Film design is a distinctive result of the creative imagination. The cinematographer exercises a decisive and formative creative influence during this process. Nevertheless, the profession is often, and mistakenly, regarded as primarily technical because handling complex equipment appears to be its primary characteristic. However, the technology is operated by specially qualified staff, while the cinematographer in his role as image designer is only concerned with such matters to a limited extent.»