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Practical Cinematography, 2nd Edition by Paul Wheeler

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19

Lenses and perspective

Frame size and focal length

Figure 19.1 represents a general view of a city scene. Marked on it are the framings for a wide-angle lens, a medium-angle lens and a medium close lens. As you can see, the different lenses only select different amounts of the scene. There is no change in perspective – none of the figures or items in the shot change their relationship to each other.

In Figure 19.2 you can see four more lens sizes – again there is no relational change between the elements of the scene in the different framings, even though the frame size has now changed radically.

In Figure 19.3 the framings for even more extreme long focal lengths are illustrated and again the relationships haven’t changed.

 

Figure 19.1 ...

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