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This weekly course covers the most common questions videographers encounter when shooting and editing with DSLR cameras, from choosing a frame size and frame rate to understanding moiré. Authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman will also help you understand the impacts of compression and the difference between cropped (or micro 4/3rds) and full-sized sensors in cameras, and much more. This continual FAQ guide is a handy way to find the answers to the questions that plague you the most.
Male 1: On the camera body here, Kevin, we've attached a macro lens. And a macro lens is a specialty lens for certain situations. When might you choose to use one? Male 2: Well, macro lenses allow you to focus on things that are very small at very close distances to the front of the glass, which is something you can't do with a normal lens. Male 1: Yeah. We can get really close here. And so, in fact, if we just walk the camera up right onto our subject, this is a 60mm lens. And we'll just turn that in and sort of frame up the shot. And we want to shoot across the bridge of the guitar.
And feel free to manually tweak a little bit. But we can go down, in this case, to an aperture on this lens of 3.2. And let's just move that focus point. And I'll engage that for an autofocus. Let it set. There we go, on the bridge. And that's nice shallow depth of field. We've got the front of the guitar. So now the bridge is in focus and everything out of the guitar has fallen out of focus. Now that was 3.2. You might not shoot a big object like this, but if you were shooting an award.
Or maybe a piece of jewellery and you wanted the front of the watch in focus and the back to have some boca. We've got pretty good control there, and we're right up on that. Male 2: Yep. Male 1: Maybe we want to see a little bit more here. We probably would just change that. We'll try maybe F10. That's working pretty well, and we're seeing more in focus. The bridge is in focus, we can see the rest of the guitar. I think what's really standing out here though, that's nice, is that the backdrop's falling off. Right? Male 2: Yep, absolutely. The backdrop is just falling off into this white.
Male 1: Alright. So, we can refine that a little bit with exposure compensation Or tweaking shutter speed. I think that looks a little bit better there. And if we needed something like some simple action of the hands going across the guitar string, just to give you a little sense of motion. It's nice to have that control. And, like most lenses, there is a manual focus ring, so you can tweak this in This is the type of lens, you nailed it before, product shots. Close ups, right? Male 2: Especially for small items like quarters, nickels, dimes, things of that nature.
Anything where you have to get extreme close to the object, when the object is small and has finite details, that's when you want to use a macro. Male 1: Yeah. So, go ahead and add this to your kit if you need to do detail work, really good, to really punch in and take total control.
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