Depth of Field Demystified

Videomaker by Tony Bruno depthHow to manipulate the viewer into watching one portion of your movie, while other events continue along in the scene. Imagine this scene: Our star walks down a narrow tree-lined alley towards his waiting car, completely unaware of his surroundings. Suddenly, on the lower left side of the scene we see a bandit sneak into view from behind a trash bin. Okay, now freeze the image. Notice the space in front of the star. Now look behind him. See how the bandit behind and the car in front of the star appear to be in focus, while others a little further out aren't? What we're seeing is a phenomenon called depth of field. It's a powerful tool that has been used by directors and cinematographers ever since the first guy twiddled his camera's lens and noticed that some things looked blurry in the frame while others didn't. Let's find out how it works and what we can do with it. read more...

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