San Diego Director of Photography David Max Steinberg

8521 Villa La Jolla Drive, Studio H
San Diego, California 92037

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I am former IATSE Local 600 Director of Photography out of New York City, with feature, documentary, commercial and music video credits, great patience, and a relaxed sense of humor blended with focused intensity on set.

I joined IATSE in the 1980’s and worked my way up within the camera department to Director of Photography Local 600 (then Local 644). I no longer maintain an active membership so I am happy to work on non/union projects.


I attended UCSD in the 1980's, where I received a B.A. in Visual Arts. Following UCSD, I moved to NYC to attend the New York University Graduate Institute of Film and Television, where I studied cinematography under Czech DP Beta Batka (“The Night The Light Went In Georgia”, “Little Darlings”).

Remained in NYc for about 8 years, subsequently moving to Los Angeles. Short period in Atlanta, GA directing and shooting television spots and then back to LA where I photographed a series of features, including a Lifetime Network movie, "Silent Victim", directed by Cannon Films producer Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, starring "Homicide" and "Sleeping With The Enemy" star Kyle Secor.

I have collected over thirty years experience behind the camera, between LA, NYC and Atlanta.

In 2006, I received a position as a professor at San Diego State University's Department of Theatre, Film and Media, where I taught beginning and intermediate cinematography and lighting courses. I returned to SDSU in 2017.

At UCSD's Digital Arts Center, I was responsible for designing and teaching the production curriculum for the "Video, Sound & Motion Graphics" Certificate Degree program.

On LinkedIn and ProductionHub, I am looking for new collaborations; I enjoy working with younger directors and producers in need of an extra set of ears and eyes - MY job is to make YOU look good - that much I learned in 35 years.

I make a great collaborator for directors who wish a solid but "not pushy" experienced and very fast DP who will allow them to get an extraordinary amount done in a short time. I welcome storytellers with a strong visual sense who wish to have a very strong cameraman "watch their back" to ensure a smooth and relatively stress free shoot.

Call or visit my commercial photography website and view "Cinematography" link for short recent trailters/demos -- or Google/Youtube "San Diego Director of Photography"

Let's talk - I love to work on challenging and unique shorts and adequately funded first feature efforts for younger storytellers.



We have been in the industry since 1977.

Cinematography excerpt "Decay Trailer"
Added on 3/14/2014

Cinematography excerpt "Decay Trailer" --- PLEASE VIEW 720P (GEAR ICON ON LOWER RIGHT OF PICTURE) Antipater Production's "Decay", an award-winning dramatic short written, produced and directed…

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