Photographing a Person: A test of focal lengths

Started Apr 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
Anders W
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Re: Suggestion for a ReShoot, love the 1st photo the best
In reply to richj20, Apr 10, 2013

richj20 wrote:

Anders W wrote:

One additional consideration on top of those already mentioned: One of several reasons why longer FLs (45 up) are preferred to shorter (25 down) for head-and-should portraits is that the shorter FLs will give rise to perspective distortion (compared to how we usually see things with our naked eyes) of the face, exaggerating the size of proximate features (e.g., the nose) compared to more distant ones (e.g., the eyes and ears). By having the model turn his face to the side, you reduce the importance of that element. So have the model turn his face to the camera next time.

Well, face-on is the pose that attracts me the least, so I tend to avoid it. I know what happens, as you describe!

Precisely therefore, that pose is useful when testing the implications of different FLs. If you absolutely want to shoot portraits with WAs, then I can understand that it is a good idea to ask the model to turn his/her face to the side.

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