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Anamorphic Lens Top Shooting Tips

Moment's Anamorphic lens is the perfect accessory to enhance your mobile footage. Here are simple tips to maximize the use of your smartphone's newest friend.

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The Holy Grail of Filmmaking

Moment Anamorphic Lens

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.

Anamorphic lenses are commonly used as specialty tools that 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!

The anamorphic lens is for any aspiring filmmaker looking to take their mobile videography to the next level. Typically super expensive, we made anamorphic affordable. 

Now you can shoot like the pros, on your phone.

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Use The Filter Mount + ND Filter

Neutral density (ND) filters play an important role for filmmakers and photographers because they allow you to precisely control the amount of light passing through the lens for greater creative control over exposure. For filmmakers, this means shutter speeds that match your frame-rate while maintaining the depth-of-field you want. For photographers, it means you can reach longer exposures or achieve a shallow depth-of-field in bright sunlight.

Use an ND filter when you want to utilize bright light and that 180 degree shutter rule for video.

If you’re familiar with Neutral Density filters you may already know that a 3-stop filter won’t have a huge impact during brighter hours. Compared to the 6 and 10-stop filters, the 3-stop is not particularly dark and it won’t allow you to use those extremely slow shutter speeds of several minutes. Use a larger stop filter, like a 6 or 10 stop, to better adjust your slow shutter speed.

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.

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      Creamy, buttery flares.

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      Gorgeous optical design.

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      De-squeeze your Footage in the Moment App

      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.

      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.

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      For anyone, anywhere.

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      Look how sexy that is.

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      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!

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      Peter Mckinnon shooting with his favorite lens. ;)

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      Anamorphic Challenge: Photos

      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. The anamorphic lens is a beautiful testament to unique captures that can engulf full scenes inside a 16:9 ratio. Just take a look at the photos below for a comparison.

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      Photo By: @reyce.c

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      Photo By: @cameracaleb

      Shot On Anamorphic

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