Posted 31 March 2016 - 03:58 PM
To me, 'Videographer' connotes a one-man band type of shooter. Someone who operates camera, records audio, and maybe does a little lighting and editing. Type of work would be event coverage, news, weddings, depositions, red carpet, that type of stuff. They sometimes work in two-person teams with a sound recordist, plus a field producer.
A 'Cinematographer' connotes someone who specializes in designing and executing a photographic style for film, television, commercial, and documentary, most often working specifically for a director as a key collaborator. Conceiving plans for coverage, lens selection, lighting, and logistics is all part of the job description. Because of this, there is often less hands-on work with the actual camera. You may not even operate the camera on some projects.
I would say that if you want people to think of you for cinematography jobs, then you should put 'Cinematographer' on your card and start building your reel in that direction. At the lower end of the business, sometimes shooters will go back and forth between the two types of jobs depending on whether they need the work. But as you get towards the higher end, the paths diverge greatly. To do either job well requires a great deal of experience - I know many talented cinematographers who would fail miserably at live event coverage or war correspondence, and vice versa.