Photographing a Person: A test of focal lengths

Started Apr 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP richj20 Veteran Member • Posts: 6,267
Re: Interesting... - I did the same in a LANDSCAPE setting

RoelHendrickx wrote:

There is some distortion on the face in the wider focal lengths (slightly elongated face, but well controlled, because your angle of view is good : this would be more obvious if you shot from higher to low or from lower to high).

Yes, I wanted to avoid that by using a similar angle of view. Unfortunately, he changed his head position a bit. As I mentioned earlier, I might use a mannequin in another test!

Starting from 25mm, there is not really that much difference anymore between the shots.

Others have made the same comment!

While hiking the Libyan desert, I did a similar little test, when I was explaining to our guide Rhyssa (who became my test subject) the effect of focal length on perspective.

In that case, I was not aiming to show distortions on a body or face, but rather the relationship between a person and his surroundings.

Yes, that is quite another situation. Good examples you show.

- Richard

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