General rule of thumb for interchanging lenses?
Posted 28 April 2011 - 09:59 PM
1. Establishing shot (Wide): Joe walks into a large bar room. The camera pans with him as walks through the crowd toward the bar.
2. Joe sits up at bar (M.S): We can see people moving behind him in the background
3. Talent's POV: Bartender walks from the other end of the bar to serve him.
4. Talent orders a drink (MCU)
In this situation I would be thinking medium/wide lens for shot 1.(perhaps 24mm - 4/3 sensor), then shot 2. I might use the 24mm or perhaps a 35mm, then shot 3. the same as shot 2. because it's a reverse situation, then shot 4 I would maybe use a 50mm because it's close and I would want a shallower DOF for this shot.
My background is going to be compressed in shot 4 compared to shot 2 if I use a longer lens: is the audience going to think this is weird? or is this normal.
I know people say it's good to mix up your lenses to keep things interesting, but I find that I use my 24mm lens in about 85% of my shots. Maybe I'm being lazy, but it just always feels like the right lens to use.
Posted 29 April 2011 - 11:03 AM
Maybe I'm being lazy, but it just always feels like the right lens to use.
No, you're being an artist and your sensibility is what counts, not some book's "rule".
But you might have a look at Sidney Lumet's "Making Movies". He's got a chapter where he talks about the "how" and "why" of his use of different lenses. He's talking about lenses on 35mm movie cameras but you can always convert those focal lengths to whatever format you're using.
Posted 29 April 2011 - 07:32 PM
If I ever were to coin a theory about lenses it would be go with what you feel is right. The only real way to know what you "feel," is to play around with lenses.