Join Bill Dill for an in-depth discussion in this video The aesthetics of depth of field, part of Learning Cinematography: 1 Narrative Fundamentals.
- Fine control of depth of field…gives the cinematographer not only…a technical tool, but also a greater…aesthetic control of the image.…If you look carefully at this painting…by Gustave Caillebotte called…"View From A Balcony," you will see that…not everything in the frame is equally sharp.…The buildings in the background are lower…in contrast than the wrought iron railing…in the foreground.…You can see that maybe there's some aerial diffusion…raising the black level in the background,…but mind you, this is not a photograph.…
The loss of sharpness is painted in.…The painter found it compositionally useful.…This increased contrast in the foreground…calls the eye forward and separates…it from the street below.…Caillebotte was a photographer,…so he was familiar with the optics effects of lenses.…This had an effect on his work as a painter.…The softness, caused by the optical property…of depth of field is compositionally useful.…It allows the cinematographer to tell the audience…what in the composition is important.…
Follow along and learn the fundamentals required to shoot a story with a camera. Learn how to plan your production, assemble a crew, choose the right camera and lenses, and make creative choices that best fit the themes, characters, and story of your film. Bill covers the elements of composition, exposure, optics, lighting, and camera movement. Part 2 (coming in November 2016) will show you how to put all these ideas together on set, and deliver the footage to an editor and director for assembly into a complete, coherent, and compelling story.
- Motion picture history
- Preproduction planning
- Working with a crew and actors
- Understanding the story
- Composition in film
- Working with different types of cameras
- Recording, compression, and storage
- Choosing a lens and focal length
- Finding the correct exposure
- Lighting a scene
- Lighting and grip equipment
- Camera movement
Skill Level Beginner
Video Foundations: Cameras and Shootingwith Anthony Q. Artis2h 58m Appropriate for all
Foundations of Video: The Art of Editingwith Norman Hollyn3h 47m Appropriate for all
1. Before You Start Filming
2. Principles of Storytelling
4. Understanding the Camera
8. Camera Movement
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