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Impact and Proportion

When you look at an object in real life, it is three-dimensional, and everything that surrounds it provides a sense of proportion and scale. In a photograph, everything is translated to a two-dimensional space and reduced in size—resulting in a loss of quality and detail. One of the major mistakes that beginners typically make is shooting too far away from the subject, because they look through the viewfinder and try to replicate what they see with the naked eye. Instead, I like tight shots that are full of impact. They give viewers a sense of perspective and reality that is different from their normal viewing experience.

Often, I accomplish this with a telephoto lens. A telephoto lens makes things look closer than they are. It also, however, compresses the distance between objects and narrows the field of view. Using a telephoto lens is like looking through binoculars or a mini-telescope. You can simulate this effect by using your hands to cut off part of your peripheral vision, reducing your angle of view as blinders do on a racehorse.


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