Chris Marquardt on Photography

Episode 1427 (1:15:17)

Chris Marquardt

Today's topic is the cinematic look of split focus. The Hateful Eight was shot on old 70mm Panavision film cameras with anamorphic lenses and it shows something really close and really far in the same shot, with both in focus. That's not easy to pull off. You need something called a Split Diopter on your lens. It splits the lens in half and shows both in focus. Citizen Kane and The Andromeda Strain used it as well. Strain has over 200 scenes filmed with it. The problem is that a blurry line occurs in the middle and you often have to hide that line with set design. For a still camera, out in the wild, that would require some creative use of scenery.

Don't forget our current assignment - "Shadow." Take a photo of, about or otherwise concerning the concept of "Shadow" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "Shadow" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on next month's photo contest review segment!