Description
Course info
Level
Advanced
Updated
Apr 8, 2013
Duration
2h 46m
Description

In this series of After Effects tutorials, we will be learning the causes of photorealistic camera lens, aperture, and film or sensor effects as they happen in real life image capturing. As we learn the mechanics behind each phenomenon, we will learn how to replicate this look inside of After Effects. We begin where light first enters the camera, through the lens, and follow it all the way to the heart of the camera, where the sensor or in some cases the film, lives. This training delves into the "why" behind complex light physics, and how it causes things like lens flares and bokeh effects. We then take a practical approach to making those effects look realistic rather than putting lens flares on top of everything and making it look amateurish. This course is for you if you want to learn the compositing secrets that take a normal looking CG shot and transform it into something that looks like it happened in the real world, on the other side of a camera. By the end of this tutorial, you'll be able to create these same effects inside of After Effects and for the most part, drop any piece of footage at the bottom of our nested comps and have a photo-realistic distortion visibly applied when you jump back to the main level of your project. Software required: After Effects CS6, Knoll Light Factory 2.7.2.

About the author
About the author

Laura is a passionate visual effects and motion graphics author at Pluralsight. Ever since her first exposure to After Effects in college, Laura has had an eternal drive to learn more about motion graphics, and teach others what she has discovered. Laura began working at Digital-Tutors (now a Pluralsight company) as a motion graphics artist, creating visually-appealing advertisements and informative art for the site.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction and Project Overview
Hello, I'm Laura with Digital-Tutors. In this series of tutorials, we'll be learning the causes of photorealistic camera lens aperture and film or censor effects as they happen in real life image capturing. As we learn the mechanics behind each phenomenon, we'll learn how to replicate this look inside of After Effects. We start by beginning where light first enters the camera through the lens and follow it all the way to the heart of the camera where the censor or in some cases the film lives. This course delves into the why behind complex camera light physics, and how it causes things like lens flares and bokeh effects. We then take a practical approach to making those effects look realistic, rather than putting lens flares on top of everything and making it look amateurish. This course is for you, if you want to learn the compositing secrets that take a normal looking CG shot and transform it into something that looks like it happened in the real world on the other side of a camera. By the end of this course you'll be able to create these same effects inside of After Effects and for the most part, drop any piece of footage at the bottom of our nested comps and have a photorealistic distortion visibly applied at the top level.