5 Simple pictures that show why 100m focal length is best

This is really one of my biggest peeves about photographers shooting portraits. Lots of photographers will insist on using wide angles lenses - where wide angle is anything less than 70mm.

There is a common myth that a 50mm focal length is "realistic" - well only sort of - and really only when we're talking landscapes. If we are discussing portraiture then the answer is absolutely NO!

Here's why:

focal wide starting shorter proportion Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

This shot is taken with a 105mm Focal Length. everything is in correct proportion. The model looks perfect. Now look what happens as we zoom out and get shorter and shorter focal lengths.

focal wide starting shorter proportion Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

70mm is just about OK, but we're starting to see some distortion creeping in.

focal wide starting shorter proportion Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

50mm is NOT OKAY. The figure is getting more and more distorted - and we are starting to get more of the edges of background appear.

focal wide starting shorter proportion Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

And when we get to 24mm you can see the whole thing has really gone to pot. This is not a normal, well proportion woman any more.

focal wide starting shorter proportion Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

focal wide starting shorter proportion Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

Compare them side by side - the 105mm is on the left, the 50mm is on the right. See the difference, she's squashed in all sorts of weird ways!

 
share:            
focal wide starting shorter proportion Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

Would you like to take better photographs?

Would you like to take a big step forward in a photography career or as a keen enthusiast?

"Master Your DSLR" is a comprehensive course is provided completely online, in your own time, at your own pace.

More Info


Categories

             

 

 

ADODB.Connection error '800a0e78'

Operation is not allowed when the object is closed.

C:\INETPUB\WWWROOT\FILMPHOTOACADEMY_COM\BLOG\..\..\ASPLIB\ALLFILES.asp/c2lib_db.asp, line 144