Photographing a Person: A test of focal lengths

Started Apr 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
plevyadophy
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I can see a difference Re: Photographing a Person: A test of focal lengths
In reply to KLO82, Apr 11, 2013

KLO82 wrote:

See these pics. I dont have the original pics with me right now, uploading here from my facebook album, so no exif. The exifs would be completely misleading though, as the pics were shot using Canon EF-S 55-250 IS which works as much longer focal length lens than reported focal lengths at close distances. 1st shot was taken from around 3.5 to 4.5 ft distance, and the 2nd one was taken from a distance around 6 to 7 ft. Exact same focal length was used in both cases, the 2nd photo is cropped to show same framing of subject. Remeber, it is the distance that defies the perspective, not the focal length of the lens. U just have to use longer focal length lens to get the same framing from longer distance.

In both cases the photo frame in the background is at exact same distance from the subject.

Well, I can see a difference, a clear difference; in the first pic his head is more elongated and the second makes him look as though he has a shorter more "fuller" head/face. Plus I can tell that you were physically closer to him in the first picture (well it seems that way to my eyes).

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