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Focus and Depth of Field

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Contributed By Glen Berry

IMPORTANT CONCEPTS
  1. Depth of Field
  2. Selective Focus
  3. Critical Focus

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SUMMARY

  • Lens and camera choices can create greater or lesser ranges of distance in front of the lens that are in focus.
  • With a shallow depth of field, the camera operator can choose which objects in the frame to focus the attention of the viewer.
  • In wider shots with a variable focal length (zoom) lens, focusing on distant objects can be difficult. Push in to the subject, find your focus, then pull back out to get a critical focus.
MEDIA
LESSON
Introduction to Cinematography
Responsibilities of the Cinematographer and main areas of focus.
Composition and Mise-en-Scene
A description of mise-en-scene as well as how and why we want to create powerful compositions to display on the screen.
Focus and Depth of Field
The importance of focus, factors that effect depth of field and how to critical focus.
Shutter Speed and Aperture
A discussion of latitude, stops and the effect of shutter speed and aperture settings on exposure.
White Balance
The color quality of light , the Kelvin scale as well as the how and why of properly calibrating your camera.
Clapboard and Camera Log
How and why to mark your shots as well as maintaining a camera log.