Join Eduardo Angel for an in-depth discussion in this video Manual focus, part of Video for Photographers: 1 Filmmaking Essentials.
- As photographers we have it easy.…We have been relying on our lenses…and cameras for so long to make sure…that everything in our frame is sharp…that we have kind of forgotten…how to use our hands and eye.…Fortunately, most cinema lenses…you have to control manually.…This is such an important task that…in Hollywood there is a full-time job…where someone is sitting next to the…camera just making sure that the images are sharp.…
Now you don't need to go and buy…cinema lenses for this.…You can actually use your actual…lenses but simply turn the AF mode off.…Why do you want to do that?…Because the subjects are often…moving within our frame and the camera…could be moving as well.…We don't want the camera to decide…what and when needs to be shot,…we need to manually control that.…I actually like AF when I'm starting an interview…just to make sure that my subject is perfectly sharp.…I turn that off and then I manually…control if needed.…
A quick tip about interviews,…try to use an aperature of about 5.6.…If you have a subject like me that moves a lot…
In this course, Emmy-winning filmmaker Eduardo Angel helps bridge the gap between photography and film—between still pictures and moving images—by showing what it takes to transition to video. The course covers the most essential video production techniques, from framing and lighting for continuous shots to directing the viewer's attention and incorporating camera movement and sound—Eduardo even provides a brief overview of his post-production workflow. By following along with Eduardo and his team, you'll understand why these concepts are so important and start applying them to your video and hybrid projects right away.
Look for the follow-up course, Video for Photographers 02: Filmmaking On Location, where Eduardo shows how these lessons apply to a real-world shoot. Coming soon to the lynda.com library!
- Understanding the 5 Cs of cinematography
- Choosing the right camera
- Framing for continuous shots
- Lighting techniques
- Using camera movement to enhance your story
- Leading the senses with sound
- Working with different microphones
- Editing and post-production considerations