The Rack Focus: Creative Examples of Camera Movements & Angles

BY STUDIOBINDER

Have you ever been watching a movie or TV show and noticed a subtle change in depth of field that revealed some new detail in a scene? That’s a rack focus. 

Today we’re going to go over the rack focus. We’ll cover how to do it, how to use it, and why this camera move should be on your next shot list.

What is rack focus?

rack focus is the filmmaking technique of changing the focus of the lens during a continuous shot. The term can refer to small or large changes of focus. If the focus is shallow, then the technique becomes more noticeable. When a shot “racks” it changes the depth of field from one object in the frame to another.

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