With zoom you can manipulate the distance between the optics in your lenses to bring distant objects closer.

It is not recommended to zoom while shooting because the lack of an identifiable point of view can feel very unnatural. If you want to approach a distant object it is preferable to cut directly into a long shot.

Shooting across many layers of atmosphere can affect the brightness and colors, and it’s harder to do using low end lenses.

Always remember that digital zoom (unlike optical) is merely enlarging the image and will add noise. Using a tripod or any improvised support is also highly recommended.

September 7, 2015

Zooming

With zoom you can manipulate the distance between the optics in your lenses to bring distant objects closer. It is not recommended to zoom while shooting […]
September 7, 2015

Sensor Size Matters

Knowing the resolution (in Megapixels) is not enough to determine the performance of a camera. Because you are converting an analog signal (light wave) to a […]
September 7, 2015

Dynamic Range

The dynamic range is the number of brightness steps that a camera can distinguish (usually 8bits or 256 values). Because this is perhaps the main limitation […]
September 7, 2015

Setting the Mood with Light

The way in which light creates highlights and shadows is perhaps the most important aspect of setting the mood and atmosphere in a scene. Likeable characters […]
September 7, 2015

Avoiding Flares

Flares occur when light enters the lenses from unwanted angles. To avoid this effect it is important to use some kind of light protection on the […]
September 7, 2015

Deep Focus

Deep Focus is a technique where the depth of field is extended so that both close and distant objects are kept in focus. This effect is […]
September 7, 2015

Focusing

The optics in the lenses allows you to control the depth of field, which is the distance between the closest and farthest planes where everything appears […]
September 7, 2015

Sound Vs Visuals

The audience cannot pay equal attention to what it sees and what it listens to. By attenuating the audio track you can make sure that the […]
September 7, 2015

Creating Suspense

Suspense is crucial to keep the audience alert. It can best be achieved by slowing down the pace of events that are inevitable. The speed of […]
September 7, 2015

Shooting with Artificial Lights

When shooting under artificial lights, flickering can occur because electric lights operate under AC currents that alternate at a given frequency. In order to stop this […]
September 7, 2015

Motion Blur

Motion Blur happens naturally with images taken while moving at high speeds. But this effect can be created by recording at lower shutter speeds.
September 7, 2015

Shooting while Moving

There is a problem that arises with the limited processing speed of digital cameras when the camera is moving at high speeds while shooting. If the […]
September 7, 2015

Movement in the Shot

To give the scene credibility, it’s important to keep the direction and speed of moving objects in line with the reality we experience everyday.
September 7, 2015

Camera Shake

Some shots, like vehicle pursuits or crowd turmoil, require some camera vibration to look authentic. However the majority of situations, especially when shooting from a distance, […]
September 7, 2015

Head On Shot

The Head on shot captures the action moving directly towards the camera. It is often used in high speed action shots like races and dangerous situations […]
September 7, 2015

Dolly Shot

A Dolly shot involves placing the camera on tracks or moving it carefully in a straight line, so it can approach or follow along the action […]
September 7, 2015

Tilting

Tilting involves shooting while rotating the camera up or down. It is used to show the height of a character, tree or building. It can be […]
September 7, 2015

Panning

Panning involves shooting while rotating the camera left or right. It is often used to follow and emphasize the movement of the action.
September 7, 2015

The Reverse Shot

The Reverse Shot is the result of alternating the camera position to show two characters in close ups while they have a conversation. Remember to watch […]
September 7, 2015

Establishing Shot

The Establishing Shot is usually a wide angle shot used to place a character on a scene, showing the relations and hierarchies between characters, objects and […]