June 17, 2017
There’s no such thing as the “right” lens, just the “right” lens for your story.
Your job as a filmmaker is not just to capture images that are beautiful, but to capture images that tell stories. There are many ways to do this through composition, color, and camera movement, but what about lenses? What kinds of lenses should you use to evoke certain emotional responses?
In this video, Matti Haapoja of Travel Feels explains how different lenses inspire different emotions in audiences and how you can use them to tell better stories.
Before you ever choose which lenses you’re going to use for a scene you’re should always ask yourself this question first: “What mood and/or emotion am I trying to create?” Once you nail that down, it’s just a matter of understanding how different lenses change the relationship between the subject and the background, as well as which lenses produce which feelings and tones.