4 Tips To Shooting With Your Anamorphic Lens

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May 24, 2018
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Anamorphic lenses are commonly used as specialty tools which affect how images get projected onto the camera sensor. Though they were created so that a wider range of aspect ratios could fit within a standard film frame, cinematographers have become accustomed to its unique look. The visual result is a glorious nucleus of creamy horizontal flares and tender movements. Ain’t nothing better than that!

Our Anamorphic lens is the perfect testament to enhance your mobile  filmmaking; marking itself as the best lens we’ve made to date. In case you missed our vlog in NYC where we tested the lens in the busy streets of the Big Apple – below are simple need-to-knows to maximize the use of your smartphone's newest friend.

1. Use The Filter Mount + ND Filter

The simple use of these two tools will keep your shutter speed down and give you the perfect motion blur when you shoot the 180-degree rule at 24/fps. You can buy these nifty tools in our shop at any time.

2. De-squeeze your Footage in FilmPic Pro

As briefly mentioned, the anamorphic lens is the key to widescreen cinematic imagery. However, because of its technical functions, the anamorphic squeezes the image (and the bokeh) to produce an oval-like shape. It’s crucial to “de-squeeze” the frame to make the oval bokeh stretched again as you would normally see it. The most convenient method to do this is through one of our favorite apps: Filmic Pro.

  • Step One: Open app.
  • Step Two: Press the “Gear” icon to the right-hand side of the screen.
  • Step Three: Click on “Hardware”.
  • Step Four: Click the “Moondog Anamorphic Adapter” to de-squeeze image.
  • Step Five: Make the greatest film of all time. No pressure.

And don’t worry, this same great feature is coming to the Moment App very soon!

3. Anamorphic Challenge: Shoot Some Photo?

The anamorphic lens was originally designed for video – but why limit your creativity? If cinematic film grabs are your thing, take the lens out for a wild ride.

However, your pictures will have an oval-like shape to the image due the broader range of aspect ratios. Simply “de-squeeze” the picture in the Desqueeze App (rightfully named, yes?). Here’s how:

  • Step One: Open app.
  • Step Two: Select the photo in your camera roll you want to de-squeeze.
  • Step Three: Click “Use Template” on the left-hand side of the screen.
  • Step Four: Click 1.33X at the top of the screen and tap “Go” to export a standard stretched image.
  • Step Five: Post those bangers.

4. Flares, baby!

Arguably the best and singlehandedly most common use for an anamorphic lens is its gorgeous horizontal flare production. This effect alone will profoundly enhance a cinematic look you’ve always dreamed of having.

For large bokeh-esque flares, shoot directly center into a light source. For a more soft and muted approach, have the light positioned off to the side. Wherever you are, hunt for those magical beams of light: street lamps, store signs, car headlights, and flashlights. Get creative.

It’s no doubt you’ll wanna start creating buttery smooth, cinematic flared grabs. Using this puppy can be tricky at first, but in no time you’ll be co-directing with JJ Abrams on his next project. Just promise us you’ll remember us little people!