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What's Focal Length Got to Do With It?

Most of us have the opportunity to change the focal length of our lens. Either by changing lenses or using the zoom on a zoom lens. This allows our subject to appear closer or larger in our frame or take in a wider view, saving us from getting physically closer or farther away from our subject.  But there is more going on! The relationship between objects in our scene change and can have a huge impact on the resulting image. This is true for all images, from portraits to landscapes.

Ask yourself this question: What happens if I make two images where the subject takes the same area in both but in one I'm close with a wide angle focal length and the other where I'm far away using a telephoto focal length? Will they be the same? Different? How? If you don't know the answer and want to add focal length to your creative tool box then this class/workshop is for you.

I've been wanting to do this class for a while. It won't be highly structured, no handouts. I'll explain what happens and why. Show some examples. We'll do a highly structured exercise so you can experience the effect with the tools you have or someone else's if you don't have variable focal length ability at present. Then we'll go out and do some assignments and come back and take a look.

Since this will be the first time for this class I don't know exactly how long it will run but I'm planning on 2ish hours. Since I'll be doing minimal prep and I can't predict length I'm keeping the class size small so it won't get crazy and the cost will be very low this time around.

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  • Ken S.

    Nice Group! Always a pleasure to work with folks that just need a bit of information to fill in the gaps. It's a privilege to make light bulbs light up.

    May 14, 2012

  • Billie H.

    I normally don't rate at the highest, BUT I learned something very useful ... the photographer has to MOVE to get the shot and it can make a significant difference. Also, learned why! Going out and physically practicing the theories involved with focal length and what it has to do with it really drove the point home for me. Thanks Ken!! Keep the practical application exercises in the classes!

    May 14, 2012

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