Lens Operation and Control

Flickr Creative Commons image My Canon Lenses by Andrew Kuznetsov




  • Explore Canon DSLR lenses and their functions

Standards, Terms, and Concepts

  • Demonstrate and explain:
    • Focal length
    • F-stops/lens speed/iris
    • Type of lenses
      • Prime / fixed focal length lens (50mm on our cameras)
      • Macro lens
      • Zoom / telephoto lens (more than 50mm)
      • Wide angle lens (less than 50mm)
    • Depth of field
    • Angle of view
    • Zoom and Zoom ratio
    • Filters
    • Image stabilization
    • Methods of focusing (manually and automatically)
    • Working effectively in close-up situations


  • Blog post with embedded video from YouTube, presentation from Slideshare, and/or images from Flickr



  1. Create blog post titled, Lens Operation and Control
    • Create the following headings
      • Summary
      • Timeline
      • Terms and Concepts
      • Photos
      • Video
      • What I Learned
  2. Read The Language of Cinematography: Lenses
  3. Watch and take notes on Lenses To Use For DSLR Filmmaking – DSLR Cinematography Tips – UglyMcGregor (6:31)
  4. Watch and take notes on Lenses – Storytelling with Cinematography – DSLRguide (11:50)
  5. Take notes about:
    • Learn about focal length
    • Learn about type of Lenses
      • Normal Lenses
      • Telephoto Lenses
      • Wide Angle Lenses
      • EXIF data for each image
    • F-Stops/Lens Speed/Iris
    • Depth of Field
    • Angle of View
    • Zoom and Zoom Ratio
    • Filters
    • Image Stabilization
    • Focusing (manually and automatically)
    • Close-up situations
  6. Write a script for your documentary film about basic lens operations include all terms and concepts to be included in your short film
    • The point of the film is to demonstrate what you have learned about basic lens operations as a reference for yourself in your blog
  7. Storyboard each shot
    • Storyboard template
  8. Block each shot
  9. Create the shot list for the project
  10. Create an equipment list
  11. Practice each shot, update script, as needed
  12. Gather equipment; camera, lens, shotgun mic, lights, bounce, diffuser, etc.
  13. Create a shot log
  14. Shoot each scene
  15. Catalog shots
  16. Edit shots in either YouTube Video, iMovie, or Adobe Premiere editors



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