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Pro Video Tips is designed for busy videographers like you. This series brings you a new tip every week, on everything from controlling reflections to hiding mics. Host Anthony Q. Artis covers shooting techniques for particular video challenges like portraits, tools to help you control light and judge exposure, and advice for the traveling videographer, such as putting together a great lens kit or packing a truck. Come back every Tuesday for a new round of tips.
Once you move up to interchangeable lens cameras, there's a whole new world of visual options that opens up. Where as I like to think of it, lensology. Beyond the simple choice of zoom versus manual, there's also the more difficult and tricky choice of which lenses you should buy for your kit. So this week, let's take a look at some of the most common lenses used for film making, and go over some of the image characteristics of each focal end. For every single type of lens, there are both practical and artistic reasons why you might want to use, or perhaps avoid that lens for any given shot.
Some lenses can compress space to make it seem like an explosion that's a 100 yards away, is right over your hero's shoulder. Others can make a little bedroom appear like a large master suite. Some are great in low light, and some are good at keeping it natural looking. But which lens does what and when, is the question. Well I'm going to answer that question in the next few movies and hopefully give you better insight on which lenses you might want to pick up for your kit.
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