COMPOSITION

Lens Choice

Get close to get personal - long zoom lenses have their place, but the space between you and your subject creates a disconnection. By using a short lens, you have contact with your subject, and this will be seen in the final 'look' your subject gives you for the photograph. 

Longer lens. Looks like photographer could be a fly on the wall, looking in.

Longer lens. Looks like photographer could be a fly on the wall, looking in.

Wider angle lens. Looks like the photographer is sitting there with the people, part of the group. 

Wider angle lens. Looks like the photographer is sitting there with the people, part of the group. 

 

Wide angle 14-35mm range
adds space to the objects around your image
a wider angle of view
if there is something on the side of the frame, it can distort
keeps more things - foreground to background - in focus

Without a wide angle lens this bedroom would never have fitted in the frame. It's also added space in between the beds to give a feeling of spaciousness. 

Without a wide angle lens this bedroom would never have fitted in the frame. It's also added space in between the beds to give a feeling of spaciousness. 

Standard 50-105mm range
preferred for straight portraits

keeps lines straight without distortion

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Telephoto/zoom
gives the impression of bringing the background closer to the foreground
the focus is on a particular detail of the scene in front of you
blurs the background more than a wide angle

Can you see how she seems to 'jump' out of the background? Nice blur too.

Can you see how she seems to 'jump' out of the background? Nice blur too.

 

 

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