The Art of Video Production emphasizes the enduring principles and essential skills of the communication process and the new digital technologies that are necessary to create effective video content. Author Leonard C. Shyles uses a unique approach by explaining how things are done and why things are done rather than just that they are done—it is not about concepts versus skills, but about concepts and skills.

Light and Lenses
Light and lenses

Light is the universal currency of television—without it, no pictures would be possible. The way light falls upon a scene critically affects the way the scene appears. For these reasons, you need some basic understanding of the nature of light in order to use it to best advantage in making programs.

Similarly, since light interacts with different lenses (or lens settings) in different but predictable ways, understanding how lenses work offers you powerful advantages in planning lighting designs. For example, with the proper choice of lenses and lens settings, you can determine which objects in an image will be kept in clear view and which will be pushed out of focus, thus increasing your ability to shape the impact and meaning ...

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