How To Test Your Lens

INCLUDED IN THIS LESSON: 48 Minutes of Lens tests and Commentary, Lighting Schematics, side by side comparisons

IN THIS LESSON YOU WILL LEARN:  Choosing the right lens is such an important part of every project. Each lens brings its own characteristics to the table. There’s no one lens that suits every job in my book. There are ones I’d use for car commercials and not feature film photography and some I’d throw on a crash cam body and some I wouldn’t dare put within 100 yards of a car crash explosion. Each lens has its purpose and its own unique look.

That’s exactly why I do lens testing before any of my large projects. As the cinematographer, I’m tasked with achieving the best possible look that best suits the story of the piece. Sometimes that means imperfect bokeh. Maybe that means a less dimensional look with a flatter, more compressed piece of glass. Lens testing is all about finding a lens’s strengths and its weaknesses and discovering how you can best utilize them for your story.

  • What environment do you choose to shoot your lens tests in
    • What type of light
    • What should be the background
    • What color of light
  • Each lens has its purpose
    • I’m tasked with achieving the best possible look that best suits the story of the piece
    • Testing is all about finding a lens’s strengths and weaknesses
  • What do you test wth each lens

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<<<Kulanandini M>>> Thank you Shane, for the detailed rundown of the Lens Testing. Very helpful!!