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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?

If you shoot from the same position with both lenses, then taking the 35mm lens and cropping it to the same angle of view of the 50mm lens will give you pretty much the same picture, other than the ...
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How can I get the horizon and the lighthouse both level in my photo?

Because you are shooting with the camera pointing down, you have convergent verticals. This can be fixed with the perspective tool in your image editor: In theory, you should fix the perspective ...
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Why does the same product look different in my shot than it does in an example from a different studio?

We're talking about perspective here. How far you are from your subject affects the way your subject's proportions look. Try shooting the same thing with the 18-135, say at 135 mm, but this time ...
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How can I get headshot portraits with pleasing, natural perspective if I'm constrained to a short distance?

There is no hardware solution, short of some crazy* arrangement of mirrors to extend the actual optical distance. That's because perspective distortion solely related to distance, but there might be a ...
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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?

The proof is in the pudding – the focal lengths are not exactly the same as yours, but the differences are obvious...
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Why is the background bigger and blurrier in one of these images?

The easiest way to think of this is with an image. When you use a wider lens, you have to be closer to your subject, which emphasizes the distance between the subject and background by making 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?

Thanks to my schwifty skills in Inkscape, the rotation here is slightly off but the following shows exactly what you're comparing. These are the fields of view of a Nikon 35mm (inner) and a Nikon 50mm ...
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Is there a camera device out there that can make a semi- orthographic scan of a large room?

Currently I am taking multiple photos, correcting their perspective, and stitching them together in a very crude way. Yep, that's exactly the way to do it. Good, modern panoramic software should make ...
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How can I get the horizon and the lighthouse both level in my photo?

Ever notice when you try to take a photo of a building from the ground, when you aim up to get the entire building into frame, the building appears to taper towards the top? That happens because the ...
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Why do mountains look so much smaller in a photograph?

If you want something to look impressive, don't make it a little thing in the middle of a big picture. Frame to make it dominate the picture: This is your picture with much of the distracting fluff ...
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What is the difference between perspective distortion and barrel or pincushion distortion?

Perspective is determined by the position of the camera relative to the scene. When a camera position produces a perspective that makes an object or scene look different than we might expect it to ...
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How can I get headshot portraits with pleasing, natural perspective if I'm constrained to a short distance?

Classic standards have always been more like 2 meters Minimum distance for portraits. 3 meters is common in professional studios, for even better perspective. Too little distance (like 1 meter) will ...
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Why do you need to change your position rather than just focal length to affect perspective?

Perspective is the size relationship of objects. You might say the ratio of size of foreground objects to background objects. Perspective plays a big part when it comes to judging distances to objects....
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Why doesn't my Gimp perspective transform apply to the entire image?

You say: When I select the Perspective tool and click anywhere in the canvas, the grid appears, already scaled to just the subject Emphasis added, because that's important. This is not the normal ...
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Why is the background bigger and blurrier in one of these images?

In the case of the second shot (20mm focal length), the camera was positioned closer to the lamp, thus making it appear bigger than the background. As the camera moves further away from the subject, ...
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Focal length on Full frames and cropped sensors

If you take a photo of a FF camera and 75mm DX lens and compare that image with another shot of same subject made by a cropped camera and a 50mm lens what you will see ? But to be able to see the "...
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How to get straight vertical lines when photographing from above?

You can do perspective correction in PS, an easy way is for example via Camera Raw, or the Distort/Lens Correction filter. Another method to retain straight verticals while shooting is to shoot with ...
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Why is the background bigger and blurrier in one of these images?

The differences between the two images are caused by what is known as perspective. The basic idea about perspective is that as the camera position is changed the angles and relative distances between ...
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Why do I get converging vertical lines even when using a normal perspective lens?

The source of the distortion is the camera’s viewpoint. A combination of subject distance and the angle-of-view, delivered by the chosen focal length of the lens, produced the distortion. Your ...
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How do i take a photo of an object perfectly vertical like a top view?

In order to get an orthographic view of your subject using a camera, you would need a telecentric lens. One requirement for a telecentric lens is that the width of the lens be at least as large as the ...
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Why do mountains look so much smaller in a photograph?

You have chosen an angle dominated by foreground objects. Choose one where the mountains dominate. Like this one.
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Is there a difference between increasing focal length vs. cropping?

From an idealized perspective, cropping and enlarging is functionally identical to zooming. In reality, of course, you lose pixels, and you probably lose real resolution as well since you are ...
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How can I get the horizon and the lighthouse both level in my photo?

As others have noted, lines will converge or diverge depending on the angle at which you hold your camera. To fix this in images that have already been captured: Use a perspective correction tool, as ...
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If X fills the frame more than Y, does that mean X is closer to me in real life?

What does "zoom closer to the sun" mean? That he was able to make the sun appear larger in an image than the stop sign? That's not because he is closer to the sun, it is because the sun is ≈865,000 ...
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How can I create a distortion-free high-resolution panoramic image of a three dimensional forest from a short distance?

What you are asking for is an orthographic view of a very wide, very tall three dimensional subject that can be taken from a relatively close distance. Theoretically speaking, the most elegant way to ...
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How does subject distance get calculated if you shoot using a mirror?

The image you see in the mirror is twice the distance from the mirror plane to the observer which will help with compression when taking a selfie. Your image will be mirrored if taking a picture of ...
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Why do I get converging vertical lines even when using a normal perspective lens?

Normal perspective still includes... perspective. If you point your camera upwards to focus on a really tall chimney you would find a vanishing point. If your camera is parallel to the chimney you ...
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How do i take a photo of an object perfectly vertical like a top view?

That's not distortion. Your lens simply isn't directly over the handle. The camera can't be directly over every point on the sword, so you will always have this issue to a degree. The best thing I ...
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