Figure 3.1. A wide lens expands the space and helps form the composition and physical relationships in this shot from Once Upon a Time in the West.

language of the lens

Figure 3.2. An extremely long lens compresses space and brings the cloud-covered sun dramatically into this image from Apocalypse Now.

The language of the lens encompasses how the lens mediates and interprets the physical world for us; how it “renders” the image in different ways that can be used for effective visual storytelling. It is important for both the DP and the ...

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