Photographing a Person: A test of focal lengths

Started Apr 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
Anders W Forum Pro • Posts: 21,466
Re: Suggestion for a ReShoot, love the 1st photo the best

richj20 wrote:

007peter wrote:

Thanks for your effort, but due to the changing lighting + different angles, the test isn't useful.

Thanks for the comments. I'm aware of what you describe, but here I was curious as to how the face changed at the different focal lengths.

I'll consider doing another test under the conditions you outline.

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.

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