The Lens



Master all the drama in your cinematograhy or photography

Master all the functions of your camera lens that affects the final « look » of your image!strong>
A 3 hours workshop for professionnals and amateurs who take seriously the quality of their project images

In all movie making endeavors, there is no doubt that cameras, lighting, sets & costumes have a tremendous impact on the look and feel of any film and consequently on its success. However, none have as much an impact on the finished product as the often neglected or taken for granted, camera lens!

The lens sits squarely between the set image and the camera’s captor carrying light from one to the other. Its sole purpose is to ensure that the light reaching its destination will be of the utmost quality, shape and color. Understanding this role and the physical constraints of the lens will give film producers, directors, DoPs or any creative crew on set, a much better control on the look of the final product long before it reaches postproduction.

Remember: there is nothing, one can “fix in post”, if it is absent in the first place! So controlling the light reaching the captor and getting only the best to begin with is the key to all that follows.

The LENS workshop thus walks you through the “roles” of the lens, its "structures" & “controls” and their combined impact on a director’s choices & oft-difficult compromises, whether he is using film or digital media. The ultimate aim of the workshop is to help you “see” your film going through the lens as you shoot, not later when it is usually too late!

Still image photographers are also invited to the workshop, since all that is said about the lens for the animated image, generally applies and often with much higher acuity, in high quality portraiture or art photography.

Type: theoretical workshop
Duration: approx. 3 to 4 hours
Location: to be confirmed
Material supplied: copy of the Powerpoint resentation
Spread: extends to all adjustable camera lens types (focus, speed & iris/opening
Practice: a hands-on workshop can be added to this one
Languages: French & English
Participants: any number
Below are a few samples of the Power Point slides

Andre Beriault
Director fo photography & data flow in 24/48p

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