Photographing a Person: A test of focal lengths

Started Apr 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
plevyadophy
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Portrait -v- Landscape Re: Photographing a Person: A test of focal lengths
In reply to richj20, Apr 11, 2013

richj20 wrote:

In another thread, I posted photographs of people taken at different focal lengths. I thought it would be useful to do a test with the same person at different focal lengths, so I enlisted the help of my neighbor.

The test wasn't as controlled as I would have liked: he changed is head angle slightly a few times, but I think an overall impression can be gotten.

(I'd like to get a manequin and do a similar test!)

Also, I moved his location when the sun became harsh on the face.

I positioned the tripod to frame approximately a head-shoulders pose, and moved back accordingly as I changed focal lengths from 12mm (a little less than 2 feet from lens to face) to 150mm (about 14 feet from lens to face).

Here they are -- focal lengths in m4/3 format, so double them to get full frame equivalent.

- Richard

12mm

14mm

17mm

25mm

35mm

45mm

76mm

100mm

150mm

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"Careful photographers run their own tests." - Fred Picker

Another interesting experiment would be to compare a shot of your model at EACH focal length with the camera mounted on a tripod in portrait mode and then landscape mode; this would allow one to see whether the orientation of the camera exaggerates or lessens the effects of distortion and what this looks like.

Thanks for this and looking forward to your next comparison test along the lines suggested above.

Warmest regards,

plevyadophy

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