It was a gloomy and rainy day during recording filled with multiple production mishaps. I could really use some assistance when filming to save time when editing in post.
On the previous day I had stumbled on a video and was sidetracked when admiring it’s cinematography which got me back to thinking about camera lenses.
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It’s easy for me to forget the 4 basic photography concepts: aperture, shutter speed, ISO speed, and exposure. Understanding these 4 things and how they relate to each other is critical.
I went down the rabbit hole of camera lenses and end up rushing out to purchase a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens. Its a fixed focal length of 55mm but has a wide aperture up to 1.8. Aperture is the opening of a lens’s diaphragm through which light passes. The lower the number means more exposure and higher is less. Lower “f-stops” allow more light to pass through and vice versa. As it relates to DoF (Depth of Field or that blurry background to make the subject pop out) here is a better explanation from a Nikon:
“The lower the f/stop—the larger the opening in the lens—the less depth of field—the blurrier the background.
The higher the f/stop—the smaller the opening in the lens—the greater the depth of field—the sharper the background.”
This Always Happens to Me
I was so focused on the new lens that I recorded video without audio – twice. This amounted to a longer than normal video shoot. Having an extra set of hands would have been helpful.
I am quick to give shout outs to all the content creators out there. I would say a good amount of the YouTube viewers have no idea how difficult shooting these videos is on your own. They are quick to give a thumbs down for no reason or send out hate for something that was created to help people with little to no return. We aren’t getting rich here.
That said, all of this can be extremely rewarding (not financially) from a personal aspect. A lot of us are knowledge sharers by nature and do this from a good place. Would we like to make a little money at some point doing it? Absolutely. With that said, if you are into photography or video and like the looks of this video and want to experiment, click the Amazon link below to buy the 50mm lens. I do get a small commission which will help continue my future efforts. I have a mirrorless camera, so an adapter is required to use the 50mm on my Canon M50 but it’s cheaper than buying the EOS-M 32mm lens (which would be great) since it has an f/1.4 aperture but still almost $500 as opposed to the $125 price tag of the equivalent 50mm EF lens.
Canon EOS M Mount Adapter (If you have an M series camera)
Viltrox EF-EOS M Mount Adapter (Cheaper Alternative Adapter)