Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Compressing the sense of depth, part of Foundations of Photography: Specialty Lenses.
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Somewhere behind me is the Golden Gate Bridge.…You might notice it. We're here.…This is your lighting guy comes to town, you want to show him around.…You take him out to the Golden Gate Bridge and he decides he wants his picture taken in front of it.…So, Greg is standing here.…I've just got this incredible vista in front of me.…We really are lucky with the weather today. There's no fog.…I can see all the way from the bridge to Alcatraz.…And a lot of times in a situation like this, your first impulse is wow, look at all this.…I got to get it all! And so you reach for your ultra-wide lens.…
Now, watch what happens when I use my ultra- wide lens to get a shot of Greg here. All right!…How about a smile Greg? There we go!…All right! I get this. Boy, there's a lot here.…Yeah, I've got the bridge, and I've got Sausalito behind me and a little bit of Angel Island, and a lot of bay.…But there's all this stuff on the right side that I don't need.…There's this tree that I don't need. What's the subject?…Is it Greg or is it the bridge?…
The course begins with a look at several common and inexpensive lens attachments, from polarizers to neutral density filters. The course then explores ultra-wide angle and fisheye lenses as well as ultra-long telephoto and macro lenses. The course concludes with a look at tilt-shift lenses, which are useful for architectural photography and special effects, and at offbeat lenses, such as Lensbaby and Holga attachments.
The course also contains Photoshop postproduction advice and examples that illustrate the creative possibilities that an expanded lens collection provides. And because some specialty lenses are extremely expensive, the course also contains advice on renting gear.