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Blender 3D Basics by Gordon Fisher

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Time for action — zooming the camera versus dollying the camera

Say you want to start out with a long shot that transitions into a close-up. Do you zoom or dolly? We studied dollying in Chapter 3, Controlling the Lamp, the Camera, and Animating Objects. Dollying moves the camera toward or away from the scene. Zooming is making a keyframe with one field of view, and on a different frame making a second keyframe with a different field of view. You can go from a distance to close up to your subject with either lens. Is there a difference in the results? This exercise has two identical cameras, you'll zoom one and dolly the other and see what you think. Check Chapter 3, Controlling the Lamp, the Camera, and Animating Objects if you need to review ...

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