How to Use Wide Angle Lenses on a Camcorder

Learning how to use the wide angle lenses mechanism on a camcorder is important to filming. These lenses capture a greater view. Basically, the focal length is much shorter than normal lenses. Also, there are measurements that can be used to calculate the specific angle view to make it easier for a camcorder to accurately capture the required dimension. A great advantage of wide angle view is that it magnifies distances between objects according to the projected angle.

Materials Needed

  • Camcorder
  • Wide angle lenses
  • Tripod
  • Flood lights
  • Film
  • Light meter
  • Reflecting umbrella with flash light
  • Cable
  • Umbrella
  • Hyper-focal chart 

Step 1 - Preparing to Set the Depth of Field

One of the first things that must be undertaken in using wide angle lenses on a camcorder is to set the depth of field because it exposes the potential of the camcorder to efficiently capture scenes. If you do not have wide angle lenses installed on your camcorder, you need to have it done now by removing your normal lenses and installing a wide angle device.

Step 2 - Setting the Depth of Field

Assemble all materials in one place. Remove the normal lens and attach the wide range lens. Make sure that the lenses are firmly attached to the body of your camcorder. Get your shot into the desired frame by positioning it into an angle calculated by a tripod or from your manual instructions. Now gently twist the thin aperture ring found on the lens to select an appropriate angle in relation to the depth you would like to capture. Set the shutter speed and remember to safe guard the light meter in the camcorder.

Step 3 - Setting Hyper-focal Focus

Hyper focal is a wide angle device aimed at establishing the same degree of probability focus between distant and nearby objects. Download a hyper-focal chart to assist in the process from http://www.dofmaster.com/download_chart.html . Adjust the camcorder for manual zooming and aperture variety. Adjust angle elevation and focus length. Using the distance length features found on your camcorder, set the ring lenses to project most appropriately. Select a value from the aperture and set it as required Verify the dept of field and camcorder capability.

Step 4 - Preparing to Adjust Lighting

Adequate lighting in filming is very essential. Bring the camcorder closer to the object. Knowing how to adjust the lighting features in your camcorder lenses is important to optimum resolution since lenses are the main devices utilized to project best lighting in any production.

Step 5 - Adjust Lighting

Remember that wide angle lenses have the ability to detect and capture details. Use sensible lighting to magnify this feature. Always take advantage of "bounce lighting" in creating as much artificial lighting needed for diffusion and indirect reflection. Make sure that all parts of your image are adequately illuminated by adjusting your camcorder lenses. Always create diversity in your lighting exposure. Vary the light per focus and examine the differences. From that point you can assess which lighting adjustments were the best and are reusable. Continue readjusting as is feasible for the best outcomes.