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How to Choose a Lens (and Why) According to DP Bradford Young

Acclaimed DP Bradford Young shares insights into how he chooses his lenses. In an insightful interview with director of photography Bradford Young (best known for his cinematography work on Selma, A Most Violent Year and Arrival), we get a rare peek into the planning and decision-making process of one of the best DPs in the industry. Cinematography is truly an art form like no other, and is one in which even the most seasoned professionals must be constantly honing and developing their skills. Young shares some of his thought process into how he plans his shoots and decides how and why he’ll use a given lens for every shot. Let’s break down some of Young’s points and tips from this video spotlight by CookeOpticsTV. Begin in the “Testing Phase” Using clips from A Most Violent Year and Selma as examples, Young talks about his first “testing phrase” part of his decision-making process. In his initial decisions, he’s looking not only at the size of the frame for each shot but also at his distance and physical relationship as part of the composition. Read More...

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Published By: NoFilmSchool - Tuesday, 26 March

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