This is How a Camera Adds 10 Pounds

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  1. That’s a neat illustration, but it isn’t caused by the lens. It is caused by the distance from the subject. If I had you stand across the room and took a tight head shot of you with a 100mm lens, then switched to a 35mm lens, stood in the same spot and took a picture, which I then cropped to frame your face the way it was framed in the first picture, your face would look exactly the same. Also, images are 2D and affect the way we perceive somethings size. When you are standing in front of someone viewing them with your stereoscopic human vision you get a different perception of the shape of their face, butt, whatever than a flat image.

  2. The title should read “How the camera LOSES 10 pounds”, or even better, “How the camera loses 4.5Kg”, seeing as how the US is the only country living in the middle ages with imperial measurement.

    A long focal length provides UNDISTORTED images or features, i.e. how something *really* looks, where as the very short length can distort a person’s image to make them look unrealistically long and narrow.

  3. Dolly Zoom, huh? Now I have the correct term for what they do in film whenever the camera is looking down a spooky corridor or narrow passage that a character is reluctant to enter. Lord of the Rings used this effect a number of times.

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