A great photographic GIF: How focal length affects a portrait

Love this animation. I don’t know who created it, but HT to Katrin Eismann for sharing it.

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5 thoughts on “A great photographic GIF: How focal length affects a portrait

  1. Really cool. I knew the background compression side…& of course anything WIDE will distort, but it’s amazing how much change there is.

  2. It’s distance to subject that’s changing the perspective, not focal length per se. The focal length numbers shown are for full frame 35mm. For example, on a four-thirds sensor camera, you’d get the same perspective and framing with a 100mm lens as with a 200mm lens for full frame as long as the distance to the subject is the same.

  3. BJ, I hate it when people say things that don’t make sense. If it’s only distance to subject changing things, why do the trees appear bigger when using a longer focal length and the photographer is presumably standing farther from the trees?

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