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Practicing Angle of View

Lesson 9 from: FAST CLASS: Fundamentals of Photography

John Greengo

Practicing Angle of View

Lesson 9 from: FAST CLASS: Fundamentals of Photography

John Greengo

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9. Practicing Angle of View

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Practicing Angle of View

come up with a very simple way of remembering what different lenses dio. And so you might want to put your notes down in here cause we're gonna be doing some hand exercises, so you need your hands free for this. All right? Now, if you want to know what a millimeter lens looks like, what you need to do and follow along with me is put your hands out like this, reach him all the way out and then bring them back. So it's kind of comfortable here. Your thumbs should be about 10 centimeters or about four inches across, and you can close one eye. And what you see is you kind of pan back and forth with your hands. That's about a 50 millimeter lands. You can check this at home, and you may need to adjust your arms stretched just a little bit, but that's a 50 millimeter lance. Now let's do the 35 millimeter lens. It's basically the same thing, but just moved the thumbs a little bit further apart. And so this is your moderately wide angle lenses is a good environmental portrait lands alright, so...

I've had to get a little goofy on some of these. All right, so the 24 millimeter lands Put your hands on your elbows. All right, Now stick your thumbs up like this. Get your thumbs out to the edges of your elbow. Now what you see through one eye? Yeah, I do this out in public. See what people think about you there. That's a 24 millimeter lands. Uh, the 16 millimeter is a little bit easier. Just close one eye. And that's kind of just about everything you see with one eye. And that's gonna be your millimeter lands. Now, a little bit easier to do here. So if you want to shoot a portrait of somebody the thumb to pinky arm extended. And so if I wanted to shoot a picture of Kenna here, I need toe move up here. About to get that head toe, belly button type, portrait shot. All right. Next is the 200. This is my favorite one here. This is Thea here. Birdie, Birdie, birdie. Like you want a bird to land on your finger arm completely outstretched. It's the length of your finger is gonna be the width of about a 200 millimeter lands. And so it's like, Do I need a 200 millimeter lens? Alright, what about a bigger Linz of 400 millimeter lands is an arm's length, okay. And so I can get tennis head in here, fully extended. And so if I want a head shot of canna just like that, I'm gonna need about a millimeter lens from here now. Not on here. If you can completely obscure it with your thumb, it's too far away. OK, so if there's a bird on a tree over there or something that you're like, I'm gonna get a photograph in what lands? Well, let's see. Um no, no, no, no, not too far away. Uh, if you go outside it night and you put your thumb up, you'll be able to completely obscure the moon. Moon is smaller than your thoughts. So you would need something much bigger than a 400 if you want to photograph the moon. So I realized that there are some people out there that are still saying Well, wait a minute. What lends is normal for my sensor. I just sometimes from people are new, kind of get confused and so the best thing to do is to think about what is the normal lens for you. Forget about the world and everyone else, and whatever this standard is just what is the normal lens for you? If you shoot full frame, it's a 50. If you shoot the 1.5 crop, it's a 35. The 4/3 it's a 25 and then you think, OK, that's my home base, Everything in one direction as those numbers get smaller, that's your wider angle lenses. And if you were to cut that number in half, that's gonna be a pretty significantly wider lands. And then when you go the other direction, you can double that normal lands, and that's a short telephoto. You quadruple it, and that's a pretty good telephoto, and you can multiply it by eight. And that's a really big telephoto. And so just think what's normal for you? What's a little bit in one direction and what's a little bit in the other direction? And then, if you want, oh, pay attention, what other people are doing, then you're gonna have to do some math. But that's what's normal for you. So you're learning project, for this is your focal length comparison. And so what you need to do is you need to find a penguin or a cat or water bottle or anything that you can work with for a while to shoot with different lenses, photograph it up close with wide angle lands, photograph it from far away with a telephoto lens and just really get toe. Learn how your lenses work with the cameras that you have, And so there's the, uh, Project four and this is in the Learning Projects workbook that comes with the class, and there's going to be a whole little check list in here. Do this. Do this and then you can practice about what happened to you can write down what aperture you shot at. And then there's what we have a couple of tests in here. We have a number of tests that you can run in there and just learn about how your lenses work.

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