April 22, 2017

Watch: How Different Zooms Affect the Look of an Image

Understand how focal length, proximity, and subject placement all work together to produce different looking images.

When you’re a lazy/noob filmmaker, zoom lenses are your best friend. You see a cool subject off in the distance or across the room, so you start turning your zoom ring, and boom! You’ve captured your image. But then you learn that you have legs—that move—and can effectively move you closer to your subject without having to zoom in with your lens. All of a sudden you’ve got a whole new image on your hands; one that looks totally different than the one you captured by zooming in. What’s the deal?

Well, in this video, Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens teaches you pretty much everything you need to know about the differences between lens zooms, proximity, and changing your subject’s position, as well as how each of these elements affect each other and your image. Check it out below:

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Source: NoFilmSchool