Best Lens For Your Story

 

hey guys welcome travel videos today
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we’re going to talk about which lens is
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best for your story
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you
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everybody’s always asking about which
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lens is the best lens but I think that’s
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actually the wrong question to be asking
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I think we should be asking what’s the
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best lens for my story so whatever it is
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that your story is what’s the best lens
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for that there’s no one lens that’s the
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best lens for every situation every
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person every story there’s so many
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different lenses different focal lengths
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different kinds of lenses in each focal
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length each lens has a different
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aperture there’s the cheaper lenses then
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there’s really expensive lenses like the
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cine lenses that they use in Hollywood
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and each lens has a different look to it
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depending on which focal length you’re
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using the relationship between the
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subject and the background changes so
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you can take the exact same photo the
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same framing and just change the focal
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length and change your distance from the
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subject and you’ll have a different look
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specifically the wider the lenses the
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smaller the background will be in
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comparison to the subject and the more
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zoomed in the lenses the bigger the
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background will be with relationship to
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the subject really wide lenses can also
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be really unflattering to the subject
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whereas really zoomed in lenses are
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super flattering for the subject you
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guys probably remember these photos from
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Peters video if you guys don’t know who
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Peter is you should check out his
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channel link in the description he does
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amazing tutorials you should definitely
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be watching him but more than that let’s
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look at what story each lens is telling
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and before we get into that I’d like to
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so back to the lenses the really
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interesting thing about lenses and focal
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lengths is that you can actually feel or
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subconsciously see how far away the
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subject is from the camera even if it’s
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the same framing like this for example
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the first shot was a wide-angle lens and
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the second one is the more zoomed in
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focal length and on the wide shot it
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literally feels like I’m right there in
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your face whereas on the zoomed in shot
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it kind of looks like you’re looking at
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me from farther away even though it’s
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the exact same framing so the wider the
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lens is the more feels like it’s from
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the point of view of the camera like
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you’re right in the action you’re right
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in the thick of it you’re right there
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with the subject so if you want the
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audience to feel like they’re right
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they’re right with the subject choose a
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wider lens or for example if you wanted
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to do a shot where someone is spying on
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another character and you want it to be
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from the perspective of the spy then
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choose a wider angle lens but if you
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want the audience to just be observing
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the subject instead of being right there
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with the subject then use a more zoomed
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in lens like God 85 mil or a 200 mil
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it’s a more objective look at the
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subject where you’re no longer right
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there with them this can make it feel
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like the character is being watched but
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now we’re kind of in the perspective of
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the person actually being watched
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instead of being an aspiring interesting
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for storytelling for example in my
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travel films I want the viewer to feel
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like they’re right there with us whether
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it’s on that ledge or doing that hike or
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on that mountain I want the audience to
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feel like they’re experiencing what we
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felt so I gravitate towards wider lenses
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somewhere in between 24 and 35 mil
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usually if I wanted a more distant look
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that we’re just kind of observing these
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people traveling then I would use a more
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zoomed in focal length like on 85 mil
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but for my films I want the audience
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feel like they were right there with us
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like they’re experiencing the same
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things we experienced I want the
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audience to know what it feels like to
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be right there especially because a lot
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of the people will never get to see
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those places in person so next time
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you’re trying to choose what lens to
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film with think about what story you’re
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telling what are you trying to
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communicate to the audience and then
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choose your lens don’t just choose
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whatever lens you think is cool or what
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lens somebody else said was really good
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choose the lens that make sense for your
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story and like I said there’s no right
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answer there’s no one lens that’s
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perfect for every situation there’s a
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whole bunch of different choices make
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the right choice for your story that’s
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it for me today guys enjoy the
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filmmaking process and go get some of
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those travel feels
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you

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