Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding wide lenses, part of Up and Running with DSLR Filmmaking.
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Chad Perkins: Lenses are essentially grouped into two basic categories: wide and long, or …in other words, telephoto. …Brian Liepe: Normal lenses have a focal length of about 35 mm to 50 mm. …Now the term normal just means it has a field of view that is closest to the way we see, with our eyes. …Now the field of view is just how much of your scene is visible to the lens. …Now anything lower than a 30 mm is a wide lens.…
Wide angle lenses are great for big landscapes or sweeping vistas. They are also really great …about providing you with a great depth of field or everything in focus. …Chad Perkins: I also tend to use wide-angle lenses when I want a subject to be particularly …comedic, or scary, or otherwise just look ridiculous, because as you get a subject closer …to the lens, when you're using a wide angle lens. …Then things tend to distort, which can be really cool and a great effect if that's what you're are going …for, but if you're trying to make someone look good be really careful with this effect, …
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- Understanding aperture, shutter speed, and ISO
- Using lenses as a tool in storytelling
- Establishing focus for video
- Achieving a shallow depth of field
- Using equipment like clapperboards and matte boxes
- Editing and color correcting footage
- Using cinematography techniques to get beautiful shots
- Avoiding rolling shutter and moiré