Learn about the physics of the lens and how that affects the technical and creative choices you make in visual storytelling.
- The lens plays a big part…in creating the image we want for the audience.…As with all decisions,…our choice of lens starts with a story.…What's a quality we want from our lenses?…Don't assume that the sharpest image…is necessarily the best image to tell your story.…Now, there are technical qualities.…What size image are you creating?…How much light do you need?…Will you be shooting with zooms or primes?…What about aspect ratio?…How heavy should the lenses be?…Then there are aesthetic considerations,…and there are lots of choices here.…
How sharp?…How clean do we want the lenses?…What color?…Mikael Salomon, who was a cinematographer on Backdraft,…chose Super 35 lenses rather than anamorphic lenses…because of how much cleaner the spherical optics were…than anamorphic lenses would have been in shooting fire.…What's the range of focal lengths available?…The depth of field needed…for your movie is a part of your decision process.…
Depth of field is the area in front of the lens,…which is acceptably sharp.…Any closer to the camera…
Focus equipment can be complex and completely separate from the camera. Bill talks about how to use this equipment effectively. In addition, unlike still photography, your camera and the subject in front of your camera may be in motion. Discover how to manage this dynamic aspect of filmmaking, including how to avoid common focusing errors with actors. Finally, get tips for handling common problems with lighting and focus.
- Using the light meter
- Optics concepts
- Pulling focus
- Focus splits and zones of focus
- Composition and movement
- Avoiding common focusing errors with actors
- Solving common lighting and focus problems