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Visual Effects for Film and Television by Mitch Mitchell

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2 Photography for effects

Camera parameters

The principal tools used in VFX photography are much the same as those employed for the main action camerawork; it is what they are used for that is different. Although an important part of modern film language, and one which does not unduly tax normal production, a moving camera adds significantly to the complexity and expense of effects sequences. For this reason a static camera is assumed throughout this manual up until page 179 where the various techniques used to achieve this are considered in detail.

The lens

The photographer’s main resource is the lens and this is no less the case in VFX. Very careful thought must be given to the choice of lens, not just for its conventional variables such as ...

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