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04-10-2013, 10:06 PM - 1 Like   #16
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the tighter portrait is always just a step or two away, but you can't walk any further back sometimes.
You make a good point, but just to be clear for less-experienced photographers, although stepping forward does allow you to make your subject larger in the frame, it's not actually the same as using a longer focal length.

Just as stepping back doesn't really give you a wider view, stepping forward doesn't do anything to narrow your field of view. Sometimes when you're taking a picture of something/someone, you want the narrow field of view that the longer focal length allows so that you only capture the background directly behind your subject, as opposed to the environment surrounding your subject. Just food for thought.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Edgar_in_Indy Quote
You make a good point, but just to be clear for less-experienced photographers, although stepping forward does allow you to make your subject larger in the frame, it's not actually the same as using a longer focal length.

Just as stepping back doesn't really give you a wider view, stepping forward doesn't do anything to narrow your field of view. Sometimes when you're taking a picture of something/someone, you want the narrow field of view that the longer focal length allows so that you only capture the background directly behind your subject, as opposed to the environment surrounding your subject. Just food for thought.
Ah yes of course, but in a pinch especially with moving people!
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