I am reminded of the relationship between photography and video production. Aside from digital and physical differences, producing good video is completely dependent upon being capable of producing good photography.
Let me explain.
Photography and video production are both about recording images presented to the physical eye. But this eye of our physical bodies works the same way that the “eye” of the camera.
The iris of the eye changes size depending upon the amount of light available to it. The more light there is, the narrower the iris can be and let in enough light to see. The iris of the camera does the same thing; the more light available to the camera, the smaller the aperture in the lens can be. The reverse is true, too: the less light the wider the iris, or aperture needs to be.
The iris of the eye is the only control the body has over the amount of light entering the eye’s lens – unless you count squinting or wearing baseball caps.
But the camera has a wonderful opportunity for variety of light controls – the combination of the iris opening coupled with shutter speed produce the final aperture. This opportunity of controls allows for numerous combinations of shutter speed and iris openings to allow the same amount of light to enter the lens.
And this works the same in both photography and video production. They both have this wonderful opportunity of combinations.
One thing that is greatly important in this discussion is the effect of iris size on the look of the final document. The smaller the aperture (and the bigger the iris number), then the more depth of field. The reverse is true again. The larger the aperture (and the smaller the iris number), then the less depth of field. This is essential to understand, because it affects the final look of the photo or video immensely. And knowing how to control it is essential to producing artistic work.
This connection between photography and video is fundamental to the art. Producing a professional commercial product requires a different set of skills altogether. But in the marriage of the two, a production company can work skillful, beautiful and, above all, effective videos.
And please, if you’ve got insights or ideas, please comment. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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