When you work with prime lenses, you might find yourself needing to make micro adjustments. These adjustments can be made in camera or with the camera rig. In this movie, authors Richard Harrington and James Ball discuss how you can precisely control your shot, whether it is photo or video, by using prime lenses.
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- When it comes to working with prime lenses,…you'll often find yourself needing to make microadjustments.…I'm gonna give you a couple of examples for photography,…and Jim, you've got some perfect ones here…for video world as well.…One thing that you have to keep in mind…is what happens when you start to shoot macro.…With macro, a lot of times you're dealing with…a really close subject,…and you don't want to have to keep picking up…the tripod and moving it around.…We're sometimes talking millimeters…or less than that of an adjustment,…so it becomes really critical to have fine control.…
So, for example, I've got that right here…with this configuration.…What we've got here is a support system.…You'll notice that there is a bar here underneath the lens…and it's got wheels.…So as I rotate that, this support bar does not impede…the focus controls on the lens.…Additionally, we have a switch here on a macro lens…to say exactly how much we want to be dealing with…for a focal range.…I've got a simple rail system here with a small unit…
In this course, Rich Harrington joins cinematographer James Ball for a detailed look at the pros and cons of using prime lenses for both photography and video projects. Together, they look at practical implications of shooting with primes as well as creative opportunities and challenges.
- Understanding prime lenses
- Adapting lenses to specific cameras
- Identifying benefits and challenges when working with prime lenses
- Working with specialty prime lenses: macro and Lomography lenses
- Exploring options with a shallow depth of field
- Strategies for success with prime lenses