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What does it really mean that telephoto lenses “flatten” scenes?

This is another perspective distortion question. I understand that perspective distortion is primarily a function of capture and viewing distance, but I am still working on fully understanding the ...
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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 image-quality characteristics make a lens good or bad?

When reading lens reviews on the Internet, I often find subjective statements about the image quality that a lens produces, such as "good contrast" or "sharp". The problem is that I don't think I am ...
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Is replacing all my Fujifilm gear with this Canon zoom lens an upgrade?

I'm a hobby photographer. I like taking portraits, which I often do at festivals and conventions. I usually take the following gear: Fujifilm X-T2 (an APS-C sensor mirrorless camera), a 16-55mm f/2.8 (...
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4answers
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Why is the background bigger and blurrier in one of these images?

On my EM-10 Mk2, I'm testing a Panasonic 25mm f1.8 (top image) against the 20mm f1.7 (bottom image). I tried to make the lamp take up the same space in the frame before focusing, yet the background ...
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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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How do I calculate the “effective focal length” of a cropped photo?

Suppose I’ve taken a photo and then cropped it. If the crop is extreme enough then I might want to go back and take the same photo with a more telephoto lens so that I can take full advantage of my ...
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Would a 50mm lens on a Canon APS-C crop produce the exact same image as an 80mm lens on a full frame camera?

Scenario: I put a 80mm lens on a FF camera and take a picture I put a 50mm lens on a Canon APS-C crop camera (1.6x crop) and take a picture Going by the 1.6x crop, I understand the fields of view of ...
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does focal length change across an image?

If an image is taken of a flat surface parallel to a (presumed perfect) lens, is the scale of objects (and therefore focal length) uniform across the whole image? eg. Would an object in the centre of ...
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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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Real estate photography: Low distortion lens VS high resolution lens?

Should one choose a (ultra wide) lens with the lowest possible distortion even though its resolution is not very good, over a lens that is very sharp, but has noticeable (barrel/mustache) distortion? ...
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Why does lens distortion correction in Capture One also crop?

I tried to get the answer on the official forum here but it was non-conclusive for me. I am trying with a more concise question here: When I import the RAW files from my Panasonic Lumix LX100 into ...
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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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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 kind of Compositional Elements are used in this pic?

I found this pic in internet and I really liked it. As having interest in photography, I was wondering what kind of composition rules was used in this pic, for example whether it is a contrast, ...
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Seeking Mac Software Solution for Correcting Barrel Distortion

I have a Nikon D7000 and a 14-24 wide angle lens which I love, but it does result, often, in a great deal of barrel distortion. I'm seeking a software solution; ideally an Aperture plug-in, to ...
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Why does my forehead look big in pictures vs. reality? [closed]

My forehead in reality is small—normal. Everyone I ask tells me it is normal, not big. In photos it seems too big—not even normal. I am a man. My hairstyle doesn't hide the forehead, it is up. Why in ...
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4answers
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How can I take undistorted overhead top view pictures of a stationary gas compressor?

I need to take overhead top view pictures of a stationary gas compressor. How can I get the image to appear flat by adjusting the focal length? Example: I need to know what type of lense or camera to ...
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6answers
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How can I keep lines straight when taking photos of my artwork for printing reproduction?

How to take photos of my artwork for printing reproduction? I have a Canon EOS 700D and cannot seem to get them 'straight'; they always seem askew?
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4answers
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Why my DSLR is not as sharp as my smart phone?

I recently bought a Nikon D5500 camera with two lenses: 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR and 50mm f/1.8G. When I compare the results with my advance smart phone (Samsung Galaxy Note 5), the sharpness is not ...
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4answers
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Is there a “normal” working distance?

I consider a "normal", comfortable working distance (when photographing people) to be about 6 ft (180 cm). But then it occurred to me that there might be a technical definition for a "normal" distance ...
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Canon DSLR Lens Correction

In Canon DSLRs there is an option to automatically correct Lens Vignetting and Color Fringing. When enabling this option, would it still be necessary to enable lens correction in LR4/Photoshop? If not,...
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Does say a 35mm on an APS-C camera have the same facial/other deformations as a 35mm? [duplicate]

I am about to purchase a 35mm (Nikon 35mm F1.8 DX) for my APS-C camera, to get the equivalent of a 50mm lens. I want to use it for portraiture a bit, but I'm worried the facial deformations will ...
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relationship between focal length, perspective projection and camera distance

This page here describes that the focal length does not result in perspective distortion, while this page here describes if you increase the focal length and camera distance to infinity then it ...
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Why do you need to change your position rather than just focal length to affect perspective?

Why must you change your distance from an object to change your perspective of it? Why is it not sufficient to change the focal length of your lens (the zoom level) to change your perspective?
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Focal length on Full frames and cropped sensors

Yes, this subject again. But I have a slightly different question and I was unable to find an answer here or anywhere else. I understand a 50mm lens is a 50mm lens ALWAYS. I understand that "...
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3answers
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Is there a difference between increasing focal length vs. cropping? [duplicate]

Other than the difference in the quality of the image (increased focal length will produce more quality than the equivalent cropping of the image), is there a difference? For example, if I increase ...
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4answers
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When do straight lines become curved when talking about projection?

This in not a question directly pertaining to photography, but the theory of projection in general. Imagine that I'm drawing my surroundings, say, in a city with straight lines everywhere. I start ...
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2answers
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Distortion towards the edges/corners of the field of view in an image

I am taking a picture keeping the camera horizontally in landscape mode from a height of roughly 3-4 ft, acquiring the top-view of the scene. It was seen that the objects placed towards the centre of ...
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3answers
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Photography tricks for widening objects or reducing narrowness?

I have a narrow face and feel this may negatively affect my streaming captures, especially with poor quality cameras, low lenses, poor sensors, etc. Are there any givens in getting a robust, wider-...
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3answers
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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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How does focal length change perspective? [duplicate]

@MichaelClark answered a question I posted about zoom using focal length (emphasis added): You are correct that a focal length twice as long (2X zoom) as the original one will make objects appear ...
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How to avoid perspective distortion when taking selfies?

I'm looking for an affordable way to avoid perspective distortion when taking selfies. I know the best way to avoid this would be taking a portrait with a DSLR with a 200mm-ish lens from 8 ft away, ...
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How to take pixel-for-pixel aligned pictures with a DSLR and iPhone 7?

The Plan So I am trying to take two pictures, one with a DSLR and one with an iPhone 7. Why an iPhone 7? That's just what I own currently I want the photos to be aligned so that they are exactly the ...
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Difference in photographs and real life?

So im new to photography. I was wondering, is there a difference in how our pictures appear in, say a selfie click (from the back camera, not front) and how we look in real life. I know the mirror ...
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What should I consider when buying a camera and lens to take photos of surfaces for 3D textures?

I would really appreciate if you could help me find the best camera or camera's to take photos of textures. These will mainly include cabinets, countertops, tiles, backsplashes, hardwood flooring and ...
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What wide-angle lens for MFT?

I bought a Panasonic Lumix GX1 with the idea of using it for indoor wide angle shots for real estate. Obviously, I didn't realize what I was getting into. My little point and shoot Lumix takes wider ...
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Principles of correcting perspective in software

I am interested in photographing buildings such that the vertical lines are preserved. As shown in the image on the right. I understand that this can be achieved with a tilt-shift lens. However, my ...
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3answers
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Shallow depth of field with wide angle

I need to video (but same q for photos) an interview using a Sony A7 and the kit 28-70mm f3.5 - f5.6. I want the shallowest depth of field I can get. If I use 70mm the lowest aperture I can use is f5....
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Can lens correction help distortion caused by getting too close for headshots?

I am using a Nikon 50mm 1.8D, but with an APS-C on a D7200, it gives me 75mm focal length. It's as sharp as a $700 85mm lens, and I paid $135 brand new for it. I am currently using this setup for ...
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How to find out what part of image is less lens-distorted?

I'm developing an application which uses a Canon DSLR to sequentially shoot an object from different views. Often the object is too big to fit in frame so I have to make more than one series of photos....
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How is the continuous (optical) zoom feature realised in the new iPhone 7 using two lenses

The new iPhone 7 Plus has a dual camera system with one 28mm and one 56mm. Usually in smartphones where the camera is compact, you do not have real optical zoom. So how is the zoom feature, which ...
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Intuition regarding focal length; can one learn/train this?

My main go-to equipment: Sony A7s II, Sony FE 55mm f1.8 and Sony FE 16mm-35mm f4. Within this range of focal length I have quite a good feel for what picture is at what focal length. I recently ...
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Focal length : 7.8 mm-46.8 mm (Equivalent to 35 mm-210 mm on a 35 mm camera) [duplicate]

Bridge Camera : Fujifilm S7000 Could anyone help me to understand the below, Focal length : 7.8 mm-46.8 mm (Equivalent to 35 mm-210 mm on a 35 mm camera) I'm referring to DSLR based articles to ...
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How do you determine focal length/wideness of fisheye conversion lenses?

I currently use a 0.7x adapter on a 28mm lens, but I want to go wider. I've seen a selection of different 0.*x lenses but with no indication to the focal length it provides. How do you determine the ...
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Why does image quality vary across lenses, and what to look for when comparing?

I just picked up a mint SMC Takumar 28mm f3.5 lens. From what I read people say it provides quite good image quality. And the things I read about my Canon T3 kit lens 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS, is that it ...
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How to mathematically crop photo from one camera to match view of another?

Imagine I take a photo of the same scene using two cameras, one right after the other, from the exact same spot. The cameras may be different in every way possible. They could have very different ...
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Zoom or Approaching [duplicate]

I know that capturing a near object and capturing the same object with going apart with zoom makes a lot of sense But I'm confused what change does it do to the picture?? Could anyone help me in this?...