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- So, how do you choose a lens for shooting video,
and what do the different lenses actually look like?
In this video, we're gonna be looking at some examples
so you can find the perfect lens for your next shoot.
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Let's jump into the video!
So, if you've recently picked up a DSLR
or a mirrorless camera that has interchangeable lenses,
you might have found yourself stumped a little bit
as to what different lenses do and what kind of results
they actually give you as far as how the image looks.
I mean, I think that we all generally know that
a zoom lens can get a little bit tighter
and a wide lens is going to give you a wider shot,
but there's a few other things that go into it.
So, in this video we actually kind of wanna go through
some examples so you can actually see exactly
what lenses look like on certain cameras,
as well as share some tips along the way.
But first, there's three questions
that you wanna ask yourself when picking out a lens
and the first one is, what are you shooting?
That's your subject matter.
In some cases, maybe you're shooting a bride
or you're shooting a wedding and you're doing video
and you want the image to be more flattering
on maybe a body type or a body shape.
That's gonna go into lens choice.
The second question that you wanna ask is
where are you shooting?
Then, when you start to think about that,
maybe the place you're shooting is going to have
a low-light condition so you'll need a lens
that will actually do well in that.
Or maybe it's a really tight, constrained place
so even though you want a certain look,
you only have so much space to deal with.
That's going to influence your lens choice as well.
And then the third question to ask yourself is,
what is your budget?
Because there's a lot of amazing lenses
and amazing glass on the market,
but it also can get pretty expensive,
so it might be out of reach depending on
what project you're working on
or what finances you have available.
But in this video, we're going to be focusing mainly
on just the basic kit lenses
and actually a lot of affordable lenses,
kind of for creating YouTube videos,
but a lot of the tips and principles will apply
even for higher-end lenses.
Okay, the first lens that we're going to check out
is the Canon 18 to 55 kit lens.
So, this is the lens that you're gonna get included
with most DSLRs and even other brands that you would buy.
This is a pretty standard focal range.
So, let's throw it on the camera so you can actually see
what it looks like at the different focal lengths.
All right, so right now you're seeing the kit lens
at 18 millimeters and obviously,
when it's zoomed out like this, it's too far,
so the way we'd compose the shot is we'd move
the camera forward so it gets closer to me,
but this brings up one of the first,
kind of most important things about lenses
is that the different focal lengths
create different distortion in the image.
So what I mean is now the shot's pretty good,
but there's a little bit of a bending to it and actually,
if I'm right in the center of the image,
it's actually gonna make me appear a little bit thinner
because it's gonna kinda squeeze me down here in the middle.
So what you would actually want to do to kind of get a
different shot dynamic is move the camera backwards,
so we're going to go back to where it's about
eight to ten feet from me
and you can see me on the other angle here.
Now what we'll do is we'll actually zoom the camera in
to more like 55
or somewhere where it's a little like
35 millimeters or something like that.
And now you're actually going to kinda create more of a
true-to-life body shape for your subject.
So what you're actually seeing right now is
30 millimeters on the kit lens,
and so it gives you kind of a good idea
of how you would position the camera
as well as the shot.
And, if we wanted to kind of have the same shot composition,
but to see how it changes the way my body looks,
we can move the camera even further back
and then we'll zoom in all the way to 55 millimeters,
as far as this kit lens goes,
to kind of get that shot composition.
And again, now my whole body should be fuller
because of the lens compression when you're zoomed in
kind of gives you a whole different shot
and it's gonna give you less on the edges.
It's not gonna be a wide shot,
but it even changes the way your set looks,
but to do this you need a little more space
'cause now the camera's about 15 feet away from me
and because we've got this mic with the wire going on,
we're able to actually do this.
But this gives you kind of an idea
how different focal lengths adjust how the image looks,
not just how large it is.
Now, for our next comparison
let's talk about vlogging a little bit.
Now, most vloggers typically want a wide shot.
If you've ever used a camera where you felt like
it was just right in your face 'cause
it was zoomed in so much,
that's why a lot of these point and shoot cameras
are pretty popular because they start pretty wide
but lets compare it.
Now, this is a Canon G7X.
It's a focal length of 24 millimeters
up to 100 millimeters
and the Sony RX100 and different cameras like that
have similar focal lengths.
So let's look at a shot of what 24 millimeters
actually would look like.
So, this is 24 millimeters and as you can see,
I have this Joby Gorillapod SLR
which helps me get the camera a little bit further away,
but you can see how far I have to hold it with my arm here,
as well as what the shot composition is here
and again, this is that 24 millimeters.
So, now let's cut over to
the Canon SL2 at 18 millimeters
to see the difference between 24 and 18.
Okay, so now we've got the Canon SL2 DSLR
with the kit lens at 18 millimeters
and so you can see kinda how far it is
and now here's the shot composition compared to
the 24 millimeter starting focal length of the G7X.
And so, you have a pretty good wide shot here,
but what's nice about having, you know, a DSLR,
is you could go as wide as the 10 to 18
to really give you a different perspective
and this is very popular for vloggers.
So again, this is 18 millimeters.
Now, let's check out what 10 millimeters looks like
on the Canon SL2 DSLR.
Okay, so now we've got the 10 to 18 lens on the Canon SL2
and so here's what this shot looks like
at 10 millimeters and as you can see, it's super wide.
But this is one reason why this kind of setup
is pretty popular, particularly for vlogging
because number one, you also don't even have to hold
the camera as far away.
In those other shots, you saw how stretched out my arm was
with this Gorillapod as well,
but you can even hold the shot in a little bit closer
and get still a very wide shot,
as you can see kind of here.
Now, this gives you that idea.
And again, with the kit lens you started at 18,
but you could zoom into 55.
This one allows you to also zoom in to 18.
So, if you have these two lenses,
you could go from 10 to 18, and then you could go from 18
to 55 and kind of complete focal length options
depending on your set-up of lenses.
So far we've looked at a kit lens 18 to 55,
we've looked at a 10 to 18 wide angle lens
and one of the things that we learn
is that no lens solves every problem.
That's why you've gotta ask those questions.
You know, what are you shooting, where are you shooting.
One of the things that's great about a wide angle lens
is you can pull off some very tight shots.
If you have a limited space, you can actually get
some pretty creative things done with it,
but also the wide angle lens creates kind of distortion,
it creates some different warping.
You usually wanna be a lot closer if you're a subject
to the wide angle lens or else you kinda get small
and off into the distance,
whereas if you can zoom in more,
there is less distortion
and it's actually a little bit more professional feeling.
Sometimes YouTubers, we want that wide angle vibe
where it kind of bends things a bit,
kinda has like a quirkiness,
kind of a cool vibe to it,
but if you really wanna be professional
and kind of have that almost film look,
almost, you know, that less quirky look to it,
that's why you, a lot of times,
would be using more zoomed in,
kind of portrait or telephoto lenses.
So now, let's actually cut over to some examples
so you can actually see side by side footage
and photos of what different focal lengths look like
and what they actually do to your subject when you use them.
Alright, so right now you are seeing the 10 to 18
at 10 millimeters, so it's a very wide shot
and as we've talked about,
it definitely creates distortion, right?
And it kind of, actually, probably squeezes down my face
a little bit, makes me a little bit thinner in the side
and then stretches the outside of the image
so when I put my arms out like this,
it might make them look nice and crazy.
So this has definitely got distortion to it,
so throughout this test we're gonna try
to keep the same shot composition,
but what we're gonna have to do is move
the camera back each time and so next up,
we're gonna go to the kit lens
and actually go to 18 millimeters
so you can see what that looks like.
Alright, so right now you're seeing
the kit lens at 18 millimeters.
So now distortion is beginning to be removed quite a bit,
but this is still definitely a wider angle perspective
and so next up, we're going to be going
to the 24 millimeters.
This is actually one of my favorite Canon lenses
because it's super affordable
and it also is a little bit faster
and what we mean by that is that
the aperture goes all the way to 2.8.
This camera starts at aperture at number 4,
that's f/4, which means it's not as good in low light,
so this is a great lens to have in your bag
if you want a little bit
of a blurry background on some shots
and you also want shots where there isn't a lot of light,
you're shooting at night, and you don't have lighting.
Situations like that.
Now let's go from 18 to 24.
Okay, so right now you are seeing the 24 millimeter lens
and you can get the same look just with the kit lens.
You could go to 24 millimeters,
but one of the reasons why I wanted to show this lens is
because it is one of my favorite lenses.
It's f/2.8, so it's a little bit faster,
it's good in low-light, it's still very affordable.
We actually have a whole video out
about my favorite budget Canon lenses,
so I'll actually link that up on the YouTube card
as well as in the description below.
But with this lens, now a lot of the distortion is gone,
it's got a great vibe to it, and it looks a lot different
than those wide angle distorted shots.
At this point, you're getting a good,
accurate body composition
of what your subject will look like.
However, let's actually jump back to the kit lens,
take it all the way to 55 to get an idea of the compression,
of what it does to the image,
so let's cut to that right now.
So now you're seeing the kit lens on a Canon 70D
zoomed in to 55 millimeters and this is what it looks like.
As you can see from this angle over here,
Omar is now about 15 or more feet away,
so now you're getting kind of impractical
for maybe shooting indoors unless you have a wider space
to have the camera further from you.
That's why I said I like that 24 millimeter focal length
because it's kind of in between
and as you go up into these higher focal lengths, 55,
you're getting more towards a portrait look
so people that wanna shoot photography,
that really gets the accurate image of what
the person looks like and has that good portrait vibe.
You usually wanna have at least 55 millimeters or higher.
It's popular to do that at 70 or even 80 millimeters.
So this kind of has gone through those basic focal lengths,
so now let's cut over and share some final thoughts
for picking out the right lens for video.
Okay, so you just saw how different lenses
make the image look different
and now I wanna talk just a little bit about what lenses
we use the most at THiNK Media and why.
The first lens that we use the most really is that 10 to 18
and so whether that's when we're shooting on Canon,
we'll use the 10 to 18 lens.
This is on an SL2 right now,
but even on Sony we've been shooting mostly on this
because of 4K and this is Sony A6500 with the 10 to 18 lens.
And again, whether that's shots that you can see
in the office over here,
where it sort of has that distorted look.
I like that.
I kind of like that YouTube vibe with the wide arms.
Some people hate it, so it's sort of a preference thing,
but for shooting also in tighter spaces.
The office is not huge,
so it can kind of get a lot of the background in
and things like that.
That's why I love shooting with a wide angle lens.
The second big lens that we use a lot is the 24 millimeter.
When we're shooting out here on the loft,
we have a little bit more of a distance,
we can get the camera further away from me.
And I have professional videos
that maybe go inside of some of our digital courses,
some of our advanced training courses.
I really love that Canon 24 millimeter lens.
It's practical for shooting there.
And then, if we head out to shoot social media, though,
this is kind of why no one lens fits all.
If we go out and want to get some photos for social media
or for some creative images,
or even if I was doing event photography,
I'm going to definitely move into higher focal lengths.
So, for instance on my Canon 6D here,
I have a 24 to 70 millimeter.
This was the set-up that I grabbed recently
when our friend Sarah and my wife Sonja,
we went out and just kind of did a photo shoot.
She's expecting, you know, we're the god parents.
Excited about the situation, but besides all that,
you can see some of these photos.
I wanted kind of a more dynamic lens
and I didn't really want any wide shots, you know.
I wanted those more flattering, kind of portrait angles
and so that's why I went with a 24 to 70.
Okay, so I hope that this video has been helpful so far.
This is meant to be a super basic overview
and introduction to the subject
and I'll definitely be going, in future videos,
more in depth into what lenses to pick out and why.
There's other lenses that also are relevant
for photography or if you're shooting event video,
you might wanna use telephoto.
If you're shooting some detailed objects
and you want to get really close to objects
maybe like a wedding ring or something,
there's macro lenses for that.
And then, when you get into the difference between
full frame cameras and even crop sensor cameras,
different lenses react different on those
and so I share some of those terms with you
if you want to do some research now.
You could research macro, telephoto, full frame,
but we don't really have the time
to go into all that stuff in this video.
So for basic cameras,
I think that these tips can get you going,
picking out the lenses that are best for your situation
with the desired look and focal length for your situation.
Remember the three questions.
What's your subject?
What are you actually going to shoot
and what vibe, what do you want that to look like?
Where are you shooting?
How much space do you have to work with
and what do you want as far as in the background
or cut out of the background?
And then, what's your budget?
As you began to research lenses,
you can see that you could spend a little bit of money
and just go with the lens that comes with the camera,
or you can spend a lot of money on glass
and we will be talking about that stuff in a future video.
Question of the day:
What are your tips for choosing lenses
and what lenses are you using for your videos and why?
Let me know in the comment section below
and remember that some of the best tips
and feedback come from you, the THiNK Media community,
so definitely connect with everybody
in the comments section.
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