Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Exercise: Taking ugly self-portraits, part of Photography Foundations: Lenses.
In the last video we looked at how your choice of camera position and focal…length dramatically changes the sense of space in your scene.…This was the whole business where I shot a portrait of Ben out on the lawn in…front of a tree and there was a building around, and as I moved around we saw…the tree get closer and farther.…In that example you might think, "Oh, okay, I get it, in big spaces, there's a…big compression of depth or change of sense of depth in the scene," and that's true,…but it's important to understand that that depth compression, that…stretching and squashing thing, also happens at a micro level on everything in…your scene, and this can really get you when you're shooting portraits.…
Here is what I mean. I'm going to take a shot of him now and because I'm…standing kind of far away I've got to zoom in. So I got my lens zoomed all the…way unto 105 millimeters and I'm focusing on him and I'm taking my shot and if…you look at this picture, we have a very nice portrait.…You can see that camera there in the background looks a certain distance from him …
- Understanding field of view and camera position
- Depth of field and lens choice
- How to choose a lens
- Examining lens features
- Using specialized lenses such as fisheye and tilt/shift lenses
- Focusing techniques
- Using filters
- Camera maintenance
Skill Level Beginner
Photography Foundations: Exposure (2010)with Ben Long3h 24m Appropriate for all
Photography Foundations: Compositionwith Ben Long5h 29m Intermediate
Douglas Kirkland on Photography: A Photographer's Eyewith Douglas Kirkland41m 55s Appropriate for all
2. What Is a Lens?
3. Focal Length, Camera Position, and Composition
4. Depth of Field
5. Choosing a Lens
6. Advanced Autofocus
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