Lens Operation and Control

Flickr Creative Commons image My Canon Lenses by Andrew Kuznetsov

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPJAgeGqrlg

Goal

  • 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

Product

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

Examples

Steps

  1. Create blog post titled, Lens Operation and Control
    • Create the following headings
      • Summary
      • Terms and Concepts
      • Timeline
      • Photos
      • Pre-production
      • Production
      • Post-production
      • Video
      • What I Learned and Problems I Solved
  2. Search at Flickr for three Creative Commons example images, embed them into your blog post under the Photos heading:
    • Wide
    • Normal
    • Telephoto
  3. Use the meta data on Flickr for each picture searched and copy and paste it under the image
  4. Get trained on the camera and take pictures
    • Reset all camera settings
    • Erase/reformat the SD card
    • Set Dial Mode: A/V
    • Place lens on camera and turn on lens autofocus (AF)
    • Press the Shutter Release Button half-way down to focus the camera and all the way down to take the picture
    • Pick a person to photograph and keep their whole body in frame for each picture your take
      • Have an extended background in view, example: long hallway, outside along a fence line, etc.
    • Take picture with the Telephoto/Long Lens [Canon 75-300mm zoom lens]
      • You will need stand far back from the subject
    • Take picture with the Normal Lens (50mm) [Canon 50mm lens]
      • You will need to move closer to the subject
    • Take picture with the Wide Angle lens (18mm or lower) [Canon 18-55mm zoom lens]
      • You will need get really close to the subject
    • Upload images to Flickr and embed into your blog post under the Photos heading
    • Place the photo meta data from Flickr under the image
  5. Read The Language of Cinematography: Lenses
  6. Watch The ULTIMATE Introduction to Camera Lenses! by D4Darious
    • Copy and paste these terms and link to the times in the video and take notes:
      • Zoom lens
      • Prime lens
      • Wide lens
      • Normal lens
      • Telephoto lens
      • Focal length
      • Aperture
      • Fixed Aperture
      • Fast/Slow Lenses
      • Field of View (FoV)
      • Perspective
      • Lens Distortion
      • Lens Compression
      • Filters
      • Macro
      • Lens Mounts
      • Cinema Lenses
      • Lens Breathing
      • Cleaning Lenses
      • Lens Protection
  7. Watch and take notes on Lenses To Use For DSLR Filmmaking – DSLR Cinematography Tips – UglyMcGregor (6:31)
  8. Watch and take notes on Lenses – Storytelling with Cinematography – DSLRguide (11:50)
  9. Create a timeline with your team
    • Copy and paste all the days and details below and fix formatting in your blog, as needed:
    • Day 1 – Pre-production
      • Screenwriter:
      • Editor:
      • Director:
      • Cinematographer:
      • Sound Designer:
    • Day 2 – Pre-production
      • Screenwriter:
      • Editor:
      • Director:
      • Cinematographer:
      • Sound Designer:
    • Day 3 – Production
      • Screenwriter:
      • Editor:
      • Director:
      • Cinematographer:
      • Sound Designer:
    • Day 4 – Production
      • Screenwriter:
      • Editor:
      • Director:
      • Cinematographer:
      • Sound Designer:
    • Day 5 – Post-production
      • Screenwriter:
      • Editor:
      • Director:
      • Cinematographer:
      • Sound Designer:
    • Day 6 – Post-production
      • Screenwriter:
      • Editor:
      • Director:
      • Cinematographer:
      • Sound Designer:
  10. Write a script for your documentary film about basic lens operations include all terms and concepts to be included in your short film
  11. Storyboard on folded paper very quickly to get the flow order of the film, first then…
  12. Storyboard each shot in more detail for why’s and how’s filmaking evidence:
    • Storyboard template
  13. Block each shot
  14. Create the shot list for the project
  15. Create an equipment list
  16. Practice each shot, update script, as needed
  17. Gather equipment; camera, lens, shotgun mic, lights, bounce, diffuser, etc.
  18. Create a shot log
  19. Shoot each scene
  20. Catalog shots
  21. Edit shots in Adobe Premiere editors

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