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67. Behind the Glass Part 2: Focal Length
13 days ago
57. DSLR Accessories
8 months ago
56. DSLR Lenses
8 months ago
Check out the Vimeo Video School Series here-​videoschool/​lesson/​113/​behind-the-glass-focal-length

Part 1: An Introduction to Lenses -​27582408
Part 3: Depth of Field -​27556482

Music by digi g'alessio used under Creative Commons:​digigalessio/​morning-jam-with-darth-vader
  • Nick Chapman plus 9 days ago
    So good! Thanks guys!
  • Shawn Caple plus 8 days ago
    Great job at keeping interest. I'm gonna have to incorporate this into my future teaching somehow!
  • MrPlatinumInferno 8 days ago
    I am really enjoying these tutorial videos Blake and Vimeo Team. I actually liked the look of the telephoto lens the best in the over the shoulder shot. lol All my work has been done with the Zoom Lens on a Sony HVR-A1U so far. If any the the vimeo team has a chance I'd love feedback on the videos I've uploaded over the years, thanks ;)
  • Gorilla Pictures 7 days ago
    So many films shoot dialog on a long lens (like a 200mm). Just watch a Michael Bay or Tony Scott film for easy examples. :)
  • I was wondering about that too as I actually disagreed with the video... I thing dialog is shot all the time on a long lens...And i personally love the look and shoot on a 200mm as well. agreed 50mm is a standard as that's the most pleasing to our eyes naturally.
  • Gorilla Pictures 6 days ago
    I think full frame 50mm from over of the shoulder is too wide. I'd use 50mm inside the shoulder. The 200mm in the example looks great.
  • JPlow 6 days ago
    I think there's a mistake....Vincent says in the beginning that the wide will emphasize the background, and then 2 seconds later in the Viking suit he says the opposite. But nice tut.
  • keith plus 6 days ago
    Great tutorials!
  • Reimagine Cinema plus 6 days ago
    Great job, really informative. I would say for aspiring filmmakers that the more I shoot, the more I use lenses for different purposes. In the dinner scene you seemed (to me) to only use the 50 in a dialogue scene. I feel that would get boring after a while...for all the two shots the 50 is great...but I think the 16mm would be a great opening shot to set the setting, and a 135 or 200L (just of the one person, not the other) is quite beautiful for people's reactions, expressions, or when they are the most important moments. The 50mm is a great first lens to shoot it with and use a lot of footage with, but I rarely shoot an entire scene solely with one lens or it gets too repetitive. You do have to make an effort though to not include both people when you switch, or it will seem like they shifted.
  • andrearusky 5 days ago
    What happened at the end.. vincent was talking about the 35mm lens..and suddenly the video ends ?
    Did you edit this in FCP X perhaps :-P
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