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Focal Lengths 101: What Effect a Quick Lens Change Has On a Photo with the Eiffel Tower
I spend a lot of time talking to new photographers about things like when to use wide angle vs. telephoto lenses. But the differences between them can get hard to describe out loud. How do you explain to someone what “compressing the field of view” or “making things seem further away from each other” actually looks like in real life?
Even if you have a zoom lens—or multiple prime lenses—you might not be used to thinking of focal lengths in this way. It certainly took me quite a while to get used to.
Psst! If you’re trying to figure out what lens to buy, I have a whole post on it here!