Studio Element #2: Lens

Different cameras have different lens lengths. If you have a DSLR, for example, you can swap out your lenses to change the depth of field in your shot.

Here are a few different lenses to give you an idea:

Source: https://shuttermuse.com/canon-launches-4-new-rf-lenses-for-full-frame-mirrorless/

Practically speaking, you don’t need to know much about depth of field. The main thing to keep in mind is that if you want a more professional video, you want more depth of field because it will show more distance between the subject and the backdrop.

This way, the subject will be in focus and the background will be out-of-focus—blurred out—which keeps the viewer’s attention focused on the speaker.

Here’s an example of what that looks like:

You can achieve depth of field in 2 ways:

  1. Use a camera with a longer lens
  2. Have the subject stand farther away from the backdrop

Simple enough? We think so. smile

ACTION ITEM: Use Depth of Field to Create a More Interesting, Professional-Looking Shot.