Hi everyone hope you are having a great weekend
I have been playing with light in my studio and I wonder if you can answer a question that has been bugging me.
My Panasonic NVGS400 camcorder 47 inches away from rear wall which allows me to comfortably get behind it to set it up so canít reduce this distance unless I lose some weight!!!.
There is 11 feet from lens of camcorder to backdrop. New blue fabric (killer) !!
I have been experimenting with flagging the light as Midnight suggests to remove/reduce light spill on my background so it can be lit separately with soft up lights.
For me to effectively flag light off background curtain I have to move about 4-5 feet away from background any less and I canít seem to prevent light spilling on my background with out getting cardboard in shot.
This leaves me with 6 - 7 feet from me to the camera lens.
Originally before I came to this forum I was shooting myself on the background with about 10 feet from lens to me (optical zoom 3) on camera to achieve this.
Now I can get the exact same look of me (portrait wise) except now I am obviously zooming less to get same effect as I have moved closer to the camcorder lens and reduced the distance.
My overall studio space is set so stuck really all I can do is play with distance between me and the background and me and the camera lens .
So my question is I have heard that it is best to move away from subject and zoom in more compared to move closer to the subject and zoom less.
I donít understand why this is if I am getting the same look in final shot?
What is the difference?
My choice is either move 4-5 feet away from background and zoom less (ie) camcorder 6-7 feet away from me for effective flagging and no light spill on my background .
Accept that my background will be lit by lights and reduce distance from me to background and increase the distance from me to camera lens (ie) 8 - 9 feet and zoom more (optical 3)
I will obviously experiment myself but just wondered what are the pros and cons of zooming more or zooming less.
Massive appreciation to anyone who helps me understand this.