Perspective (again)
distance to set your perspective and the relationship between items in the photograph and then select the perspective. Can you tell which image was taken with which focal length lens? 200mm and 16mm images overlayed I've been seeing some tweets and Facebook messages about how lenses affect perspective and the Perspective (again) lens focal length that fills the frame appropriately. Don't blame your lens(es) for perspective understand that camera to subject distance is what affects the perspective in a photograph. Too often perspective
Perspective (AGAIN!)
Perspective! I seem to be on a perpetual quest to help photographers understand the affect on perspective caused by camera to subject distance and how it is not related to focal length. Perspective Perspective (AGAIN!) show the same perspective from the same camera position. So, you ask, what about telephoto Here we go again! First thing. Distortion and perspective are not the same. In lenses "distortion perspective. Yes, you can get very widely different perspectives by using different focal lengths, but lens perspective perspective
Continuing on focal length
the exact same perspective. Photographs taken with different focal length lenses, but from the same thereby affect the perspective. What would happen if we used the 16mm lens but moved in closer to fill , but by camera to subject distance. Short lenses appear to stretch perspective because we tend to use the different angles of view of the various lenses. Perspective is not affected by focal length perspective camera position, show exactly the same perspective in the section of the scene that is common to all
A Matter of Perspective
when the camera remains in place and just the lens is changed. There is no change in perspective . In A common misconception is that lens focal length affects perspective. Perspective is the image A Matter of Perspective understand this by saying that a short/wide angle lens will allow you to see this perspective used a super wide angle (16mm) and a telephoto (135mm) the perspective has not changed because the same perspective as if they were taken with a longer lens and enlarged less. Let's take an example
More on perspective
same. I didn't expect that they would. My whole premise is that perspective is determined by camera More on perspective perspective
Another Perspective on Photography
Perspective -- The effect of viewpoint Objects appear to shrink in size according to the distance lines pass through that surface, the image formed on that surface is the perspective of that scene right in the image. Perspective projected between the objects and the viewer Perspective projected from our eye. Perspective comes from a Latin word, perspicere, “to look through.” If you have a Another Perspective on Photography the scene. And this is how I will define perspective for this article. I will also take liberties
Do you still think it is the lens?
good read if you can find a copy. Check out Chapter V on "Linear Perspective." Here is a list of determines the perspective (the relationship between items in the photo) and the lens focal length determines , perspective, and distortion. This time it is about wide angle lenses used up close. For example, if you . This goes back to the basics of perspective in photographs. The camera to subject distance linear perspective Photographic Lenses, Perspective, and Distortion Yes, another in the series about lenses lens perspective
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It's all about distance
different distances. In close you see the perspective "expansion" that comes from being in close. In doesn't alter the perspective. Let's look at the following animation. It has five frames that were all lens and a 200mm lens. Notice that the perspective is the same. What changes between these images is perspective when used at the same camera to subject distance. What happens is that we usually use thing I don't see mentioned often is camera to subject distance. The balance here is the perspective perspective
More about Depth of Field
will change perspective—the background will get larger (more compressed) and the subject will flatten crop—giving you the same perspective. Or you can move back with the same lens and crop, but that perspective
It is NOT the lens!!
perspective is the same in all three. Just because a wide angle lens tempts you or allows you to move in , let's try this again. All lenses show the same perspective from the same camera position. Wide angle can go ahead and skip this one. But again I see photographers talking about lenses and perspective and exact same perspective, which includes the look of the drawing of the face in a portrait. What short . Again, the perspective is the same for all three lenses. But it is different from the set above lens perspective perspective
Quiz Answers or Focal length, Perspective, and Depth of Field.
magnification are the factors that affect Depth of Field. Perspective is determined by camera to subject because you can work close to your subject. But it doesn't create that perspective. Using a shorter focal Quiz Answers or Focal length, Perspective, and Depth of Field. camera-to-subject distance to give you the perspective you want and then you select the lens (focal lens. Think of it this way... A short lens ALLOWS you to get that expansive perspective feel narrow) and you get that wide open/expansive perspective. But that perspective is not because of the
Seeing Ourselves In Pictures
perspective, you will remember that the closer you are to your subject, the more narrow their face perspective articles for that rant. Don't blame the lens! You may be asking yourself about the pleasing perspective. And that may well be so. In many of our social interactions we are probably around to 105mm without moving the camera after the 60" image from above. You will see that the perspective perspective face. Notice that the perspective flattens out as you back away, which gives the impression of
Lens "compression?"
start moving around and view things in different perspectives. Then come back and let us know what were stationary. If the camera to subject distance stays the same, the perspective (relationship scene that is common to both the perspective will be the same. Here's what the original full frame spot and use a zoom lens the perspective stays the same. In many cases this is exactly what you want perspective
More On Aperture and DOF
look closely you will see that the depth of field is about the same in each. The perspective is you should be able to see that the perspective remained the same even though the lenses were changed perspective of the area of the image that is common to each image is the same. The camera to lens distance determines the perspective. The focal length determines what fits into that frame. One of my perspective 3rd image in this set the perspective would match the 1st image in this set. But the depth of field
Lenses don't have magical properties
determines the look/perspective (the relationship between items in the scene). Whether that relationship be us to get in close to get that perspective, but doesn't cause that perspective. At the other end, at the wide angle lens doesn't have a magical property to it that causes this perspective distortion. It have the same look/perspective in the section of the image that is common to both images. On the other perspective we get from being in so close. The relative distance between the camera and nose (about 15
Photo Week References
posts back. And I have often written about lenses and perspective. I invite you to browse through the has great information on lenses and perspective. Appendix B is especially informative about lenses
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lenses do. How focal length affects perspective (does it?). How focal length affects depth of field
Anatomy of a Studio Portrait
will be used to understanding lighting and lenses and perspective. I've included an extensive glossary
The Incredible Shrinking Space Needle
A lesson in perspective My friend Rebekah recently posted this on Facebook I'm kind of obsessed borrow these to use when discussing perspective? It is all relative. The closer you are to your scene (the perspective) remains the same. The cropped version has greater depth of field, but at a —get closer, move back, go higher or lower, move left or right—to give a different perspective. But lens photo will be exactly the same. Quality of the image will be very different, but the perspective
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