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Adobe® After Effects® CS6 Visual Effects and Compositing Studio Techniques by Mark Christiansen

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Chapter 9. The Camera and Optics

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There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.

—Ernst Haas

When we say something in a movie looks realistic, we really mean it looks like it was a real scene photographed with a camera. The distinction is critical, because the photographed world looks different from the one your naked eye sees.

Cinematography is essential to compositing. Not only are you typically matching the look of a scene captured by a camera, but After Effects also lets you re-create and even change essential shooting decisions long after the crew has struck the set. ...

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