Photographing a Person: A test of focal lengths

Started Apr 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
RoelHendrickx
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Re: Interesting... - I did the same in a LANDSCAPE setting

richj20 wrote:

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, sorry for late reply.

I'm glad you liked the samples.

The discussion in this thread got me thinking about a stop motion or video illustration, so I carried this over to the VideoGraphy Forum :

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51286610

I thought you might be interested, so this is just a heads-up.

I am curious about the replies (if I get any at all)?

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