THE POWER OF
(Smooth Transitions for Motion)
to see Canon STM lenses in action.
Canon STM lenses shoot great photos and even better videos. They’re named after an element of technology called a Stepping Motor, which lets the lenses focus smoothly and silently when capturing video.scroll
BEHIND THE SCENES
learn what they’re capable of.
SOUND OF SILENCE
Just like when you make a sound, your ears hear it, when your camera makes a sound, its built-in mic records it. While some lenses make little but audible mechanical noises when they focus, STM lenses focus in near silence, allowing you to record what you see and what you hear—without any distractions.
When shooting live music, use a tripod to help keep your image stable as you shift focus from one musician to another.
FOCUS ON BETTER
Racking focus is a simple technique you’ve probably seen on TV or in the movies. It simply means changing focus during a shot—for example, shifting focus from a person close to the camera, to someone further from the camera. This is a great way to get more creative with your videos, and with an STM lens, you can do it seamlessly.
While shooting video of people having a conversation, experiment by racking focus from one person to the other to see how it affects the scene.
TIPS TO REMEMBER
USE RACK FOCUS
to add interest to your scenes, moving from one subject to another.
MOVE FROM SUBJECT TO SUBJECT SMOOTHLY
and deliberately to avoid abrupt transitions.
WALK TOWARD YOUR SUBJECT WHILE ZOOMING OUT
for a dramatic effect.
ADVANCED: ADD AN EXTERNAL AUDIO RECORDER
for improved sound quality.
ADVANCED: FOR MORE CREATIVE CONTROL, SWITCH TO M MODE
to adjust ISO, shutter speed and aperture while shooting video.
ADVANCED: USE A SLIDER TO MOVE THE ENTIRE CAMERA
back and forth for smooth tracking shots.