Video Tutorial: Determining The Best Lens for Your Project

Which focal length communicates which feeling in which situation? We break down the options down in our latest video tutorial.

As a storyteller, I’m constantly trying to determine what focal length works best to evoke a particular emotion in a scene. If the character knows something the audience doesn’t, do I shoot my scene on a wide 16mm or a telephoto 200mm? If my character is claustrophobic or afraid, what focal length best represents that emotion?

In this tutorial, I break down some of cinema’s most-used focal lengths (16mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 100mm, and 200mm) and explore which work best to communicate the message I’m trying to get across with the scene.

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