Photographing a Person: A test of focal lengths

Started Apr 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
Sergey Borachev Veteran Member • Posts: 4,660
Re: Excellent illustration

RoelHendrickx wrote:

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.

I agree. These are excellent illustration photos, better than OP's.  However, I think that if people would look closely, pay more attention, they can also see some very distinct differences in OP's photos.  The bigger nose, the more protruding upper lip and the unnatural shape of the face in general should be very obviously in the first photos and even in the 3rd and 4th, if compared with the later ones.

I believe training the eye to look for such subtle differences is one good way to improve.  To be able to discern little differences and to be able to "see" the result before taking the shot are what better photographers have as advantages over us.

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