Compression is Real

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fatdeeman Regular Member • Posts: 212
Re: Compression is Real

kiwi2 wrote:

Tom_N wrote:

JackM wrote:

Wheatfield7 wrote:

JackM wrote

Any questions?

Did you figure this out on your own or did someone help you?

It’s my rebuttal to a number of recent pedantic articles and posts.

It's a flawed "rebuttal".

A lot of people claim that the focal length of the lens determines perspective, that a wide angle lens exaggerates features and a telephoto one compresses them.

That isn't so. It is the camera-subject distance(s) that determine perspective. Lens focal length just aids or hinders framing.

The error in the OP's argument is that his photos, taken with very different focal lengths, exhibit almost identical subject sizes and framings. This implies that he changed the camera-subject distance(s) for every shot. And it was that change in distances that produced the (perspective) "compression" in the more telephoto shots.

Nice try, but no cigar.

Nope, the OP has a valid point.

You need the longer focal length at the further distance. Otherwise the shot won't work relative to the frame.

But that means his priority is the framing and the perspective is just a consequence. All the OP has done is confirm the article is correct and confirm his own misunderstanding.

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