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Is there a difference between taking a far shot on a 50mm lens and a close shot on a 35mm lens?

I am looking for a prime lens to pick up, and I'm wondering if there is any difference between 35mm and 50mm in terms of the end product if I just stand back more with the 50mm. I use the Sony a6000 ...
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What is background compression?

What does the term "background compression" mean? How would you tell you're achieving it, and how would you achieve it? Ideally, the right answer would also explain how this is related to ...
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What is the difference between perspective distortion and barrel or pincushion distortion?

I've heard of: perspective distortion barrel distortion pincushion distortion mustache distortion What are these different types of distortion, and how do they relate? What causes them, and can they ...
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Photo stretched at corners?

Can anybody tell me why the heads of the two women are stretched in the corners? What is the name of this defect and how could one avoid it? I'm not a photographer (though becoming one is one of my ...
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How can I get headshot portraits with pleasing, natural perspective if I'm constrained to a short distance?

I know in a portrait photo we use distance between camera and the subject in such a way as to create a pleasing and hopefully natural-looking perspective. I think it's good on 1 ~ 1.5 meter to get a ...
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How does crop factor affect perspective?

I have a question about crop factor and how it affects the perspective. Suppose you have one Super 35 camera and one APS-C camera. As far as I understand, to photograph the same image on the APS-C ...
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What's the difference between zooming in on a subject vs moving closer? [duplicate]

If I stand 10 feet away from a subject and I want a close up shot, I can either zoom in or I can physically move the camera as close as possible to the subject. Which one is a better practice, or is ...
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Do I need a telephoto lens to make objects in the distance appear closer? [duplicate]

I have seen some photos where a far-away object looks much bigger compared to nearby objects. Apparently this is called lens compression and it has to do with the focal length of a lens. How can I ...
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Can a telephoto lens have a wide field of view?

85mm-135mm lenses are great for portraits because of compression perspective distortion, meaning they flatten facial features. However at those focal lengths, you have to step back a few meters from ...
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Does wide angle equivalent in crop sensor skew image?

I see many posts on both this forum and elsewhere the discuss the use of a wide angle on a crop sensor. For example, they discuss how at 14mm lens is 14mm on a 35mm film or full frame, but with a 1....
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What kind of lens is typically used for these type of night street shots?

I've been trying to duplicate the depth of field like in these photos on snowy nights and I'm not getting comparable results. I'm using a 35mm prime lens at f/1.8 on a D3100. So my question is: Are ...
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Does sensor size affect lens distortion?

There was recently a video posted about how different focal lengths affect portrait photography, specifically how distortion at smaller focal lengths have more distortion and are less flattering. So ...
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Why do photographed objects in the distance appear smaller than they do by naked eye?

Why do objects in photos appear smaller than they do when viewed by the naked eye? For example, a mountain would appear far smaller in a photo than in real life. Does it have to do with the field of ...
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How is focal length facial distortion different on an APS-C sensor compared to a full frame? [duplicate]

From my understanding (and research) focal length affects how a face will end up looking on a photograph. Here's an example of focal length distortion on a full-frame sensor: My question is: will a ...
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What's the succinct reason for face-warping in wide angle lenses?

Is there an accurate way of explaining face-warping when using wide angle lenses? I realised I can't actually explain it without diagrams, so a succinct definition (no more than a few lines) would be ...

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