Photographing a Person: A test of focal lengths

Started Apr 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Tom Axford Veteran Member • Posts: 3,269
The viewing size has an effect too

Thanks for posting your tests.

There is an interesting discussion of this at and some quite good animations of the effect.

One point that doesn't seem to have been mentioned in previous posts (unless I have missed it) is the effect of the size of the image as seen by the viewer. Your examples images were posted at quite a modest size, but viewing them much larger would change the visual effect. The distortion apparent in portraits taken with a wide-angle lens looks more unnatural in a thumbnail image than in the same image filling a large screen and viewed from fairly close.

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