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Depth of Field, Part 4: Using a Depth of Field Calculator

Depth of Field Part 4: Using a DOF Calculator + Advanced Tips and Tricks

When working depth of field, it is almost a requirement to use a depth of field calculator. This allows a cinematographer to not only better plan shots, but empowers him or her to actually move the depth of field around to exactly where the project needs it to fall. In this lesson we go through the steps of using a depth of field calculator, as well as a list of advanced tips and tricks to push it around your set.

Depth of Field, Part 3: Hyperfocal Distance

Depth of Field, Part 3: Hyperfocal Distance

Something interesting happens to the depth of field when the subject distance changes. As the camera gets closer to the subject, the depth of field gets smaller and more compressed, but when the camera distance increases the depth of field expands.

At a special distance the far focal limit reaches infinity long before the focal plane gets anywhere close to this far. Sometimes this is just a few feet from the camera! This means you can have the distant horizon in focus plus a lot of foreground without needing to focus very far in front of the camera. This distance is called the hyperfocal distance.

Depth of Field, Part 1: How Aperture and ISO Affect Focus

Depth of Field, Part 1: How Aperture and ISO Affect Focus

Depth of field is an important storytelling tool for filmmakers. It can aid perspective, emotional resonance, action and understanding of a project.

Depth of field is defined by the range of distance where an image appears to be in focus. There are some key tools we have to adjust and control our depth of field, two of which are aperture and ISO. In this lesson we look at at how aperture and ISO affect depth of field.

Your Guide To High Speed, Part 6: Five Tips For A Successful Shoot

Your Guide To High Speed, Part 6: Five Tips For A Successful Shoot

Shooting high speed video is not quite as straightforward as a regular speed shoot. By following these five tips you’ll not only walk away with great looking footage, but you’ll stay on schedule: use a high speed technician, essential high speed accessories, black balance the camera, schedule additional time for the shoot, and consider post-production workflow before you shoot.

Your Guide To High Speed, Part 2: Frame Rate

Your Guide To High Speed, Part 2: Frame Rate

In Part 2 of our series on high speed videography, we cover how to pick a frame rate, since the speed greatly depends on what you are filming and how it is going to be used. Next we go through a huge list of examples–including ones with speed ramping–and why they were shot at certain frame rates. We also touch on how resolution affects frame rate.