Time to be with your loved ones

Time to be with loved ones

by sat

submit your photo


Hall of Fame
View past winners from this year

Please participate in Meta
and help us grow.

Take the 2-minute tour ×
Photography Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for professional, enthusiast and amateur photographers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

While this forum is about photography, most of the DSLRs today can be use for videography. What is the ideal focal length when doing a VTR or Video-Tape Recording? I'll be doing a video presentation with some interviews using my DSLR. I've heard that some people prefers using semi wide angle lens rather than standard 35mm or 50mm to create a wide area effect. Meanwhile others are also suggesting an 85mm f/1.8 to avoid distorting the subjects. So what lens should I go for? Should I go for semi wide angle or a semi telephoto? Or a standard focal length will do? Thanks for any answer.

share|improve this question
    
Videography questions are explicitly off-topic here - please post them at avp.stackexchance.com instead. –  Philip Kendall Jul 2 '13 at 7:57
1  
oh thanks, I didn't know stackexchange have it. –  Jez'r 570 Jul 2 '13 at 8:52
add comment

closed as off-topic by Matt Grum, Nir, Jez'r 570, mattdm, MikeW Jul 2 '13 at 10:16

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

1 Answer

up vote 2 down vote accepted

It's the same as photographing people, there isn't such thing as an ideal focal length - if there was all the camera companies wouldn't have to produce such an extensive lens lineup.

If you want to show a person in the environment you use a wider lens, if you want to focus just on one person you use a longer lens. If you want a specific effect you use whatever will produce this effect (for example, shallow DOF -> long, exaggerated perspective -> wide) and of course physical constraints of the shooting environment (have to place the camera far away -> long, don't have room and have to be really close -> wide)

share|improve this answer
add comment

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.