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Digital Compositing for Film and Video by Steve Wright

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CHAPTER 7

Camera

Whenever a scene is photographed, all of the objects in the scene obviously have been filmed with the same camera so they all share the same “look.” When two layers are shot with different cameras on different film stocks and then later composited, the film and camera lens differences can defeat the photo-realism of the composite. This chapter explores the issues of camera lens effects such as focus, depth of field, and lens flares, as well as film grain characteristics and how to get a better match between disparate layers. The ultimate objective here is to make the composited shot look as if all the objects in the scene were photographed together with the same camera lens and film stock.

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