How to Pick the Right Focal Lens
Although this video is primarily intended for photographers, if you are an indie filmmaker who just got your hands on a DSLR and are trying to familiarize yourself with your camera and its lenses, I believe there is some good insight to get from Steve Perry‘s tutorial. Whether or not you’re planning to be a cinematographer, better understanding the mechanic behind picking a focal lens can only help you in your visual storytelling, especially if you’re planning to get some side gigs making corporate videos or being the b-camera.
Whether you already take photos or just like looking at others’ work, there is one big defect you might have noticed in the mainstream way of taking pictures and shooting, and it’s the lazy camera placement. We’ve mentioned it before with Aviv Vana super simple trick to better your image aesthetic, camera height can have a huge impact on your work’s look. Same goes with focal lens.
As Perry notices: “Most people use their lenses just as cropping tools and that’s about it. In a lot of cases the lens, especially a zoom lens, serves just as a way to stay in one place and zoom in and out until they have the crop they want.” Although he agrees that sometimes you just can’t do otherwise but using a lens as a cropping tool, this video is for the situations where you are free to move, and your choice of focal lens is not motivated by geographical limitations.
But first a little recap on the effect of the different lenses:
“Wide angle lenses make the main elements of a photo look smaller and further apart, sometimes with the added effect of exaggerating the foreground.Conversely we know that Telephoto lenses make distant things look larger and more compressed.”
Perry doesn’t stop here of course, and explains the other component that is key to choosing your focal lens to shoot landscape and that is the field of view. The videos first half is dedicated to breaking down the theory, while the second half is about showing practical examples, as you can see from the photo below:
The whole video is an exercise in demonstrating that the best lens is the lens that makes your photo look best. There is nothing wrong with either photos above, it just depends on what you want to get, and what story you want to tell.
And that’s where it concerns us, indie filmmakers. We don’t always have the biggest team, some of us are even just starting their career at this point in time. Know that these technical decisions impact the story you want to take. Sometimes we have to do with what we have, but if you get your hands on several lenses and have the opportunity to chose between them, take those elements into account.
Watch the full video below for more on the matter:[thanks to Filmmaker IQ]
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