The lines of perspective in this view of railroad tracks adds depth to the shot.
These tips are from Director/Cinematographer Matthew Rosen, but before you watch the video, read through these tricks to add depth and think about them. That should help you see the techniques more easily in the concise video.
All video is two dimensional. Even 3-D video is still just two dimensions. It just tricks the eye into thinking there are 3 dimensions. All depth on a screen is just illusion. But the illusion doesn’t happen by itself. Creating depth makes video look more powerful. Adding depth is an easy way to build production value.
Here are the tips in the same order you will see in the video:
5. Lighting and Shading
The higher the contrast between light and shadow, the greater the appearance of depth.
Specifically shallow focus. You can shift or rack focus to create depth. Long lenses throw the background out of focus which puts the attention on the person or object that is in focus. Shallow focus loses perspective.
When you use converging lines of perspective like a railroad track receding in the background, you add depth. Control perspective with camera placement and wide angle lenses which make the horizon appear farther away, also adding depth.
When the camera is moving, objects close to the camera seem to move faster than objects farther away. Objects in the far distance appear to hardly move at all.
The subject in the foreground covers the subject in the background.
One technique that combines Parallax and occlusion is the camera dolly which not only makes a shot dynamic, but also adds depth. Think of these five tricks to add depth on your next shoot.
Looking for a great topic for your next video? Make a parody of a well-known film. The example above may get your creative juices flowing, but it will only be meaningful if you’ve seen Birdman which just won the Oscar for Best Picture on Sunday night. Below is the full length trailer. The film is […]Read More
How to double your video video views by breaking the fourth wall.Read More
On Tuesday November 8, 2016 GoPro issued a Go Pro Karma Recall and yanked its new Karma drone from retailers shelves because some of them lost power during flight. What caused the power loss has not been announced. The HERO5 Black and Karma Grip are not subject to recall. However, if you purchased the Karma […]Read More