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Focal Length

Lesson 6 from: iPhone Photography & Mobile Photography

Philip Ebiner

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6. Focal Length

Next Lesson: Depth of Field


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Course Introduction


Welcome to Class


Why Are Smartphone Cameras Awesome?


The Course Challenge: Capture Your Day in 5 Photos


Camera Basics for Mobile & Smartphone Photography


Intro to Camera Basics




Focal Length


Lesson Info

Focal Length

So now we're going to talk about focal length, which is really talking about lenses. Uh You've probably heard the term wide angle lens or telephoto lens. These are the two sort of defining types of lenses that exist and they really are just related to focal length. So wide angle means that from right here, I'm able to take in this field of view, it's a very wide field of view, you're able to capture a whole lot. Uh telephoto is zoomed in, it means that you're really focusing in on a specific subject. Uh and then you have midrange, which is, you know, somewhere in the middle. This is important to understand because when taking photography, there's certain times that a wide angle or telephoto is preferred to achieve a certain look, a wide angle traditionally would be thought to use for like a landscape where you want to capture the entire scenery and you know, the sky or the sunset, whatever it might be. Um but also can be used really cool to create um sort of jarring effects when gettin...

g really up close. So when you're out taking photos, just consider what focal length you're using and really how it's gonna affect your image. A wide angle is going to add a lot to your field of view. But you can always get really close increase of disorienting, look telephoto much more so for portraits. But that's not to say that you couldn't use that for a landscape and really hone in on a mountain or a specific subject. But really choosing your focal length is gonna add a lot to your creative style and something that you should always sort of with your mobile phone balance between the different focal lengths and try, you know, different looks for the same image. So ultimately, understanding your focal length or your lens choice is gonna help you on the creative end of things. Later on, we'll be talking about how to use these to evoke different emotions and different styles in your photography.

Ratings and Reviews


Definitely geared to beginners, but the class has a lot of good information. As an advanced camera photographer still trying to get to know my phone camera better, I learned a few things I didn't know (like you can use portrait mode for selfies, what hyper lapse is and the VSCO app). Nice job!


Good course for everyone starting out and needed to have some more basic info beyond the common snap shot. I had wished for more info on using mobile in the more professional field like when switching from camera to mobile. Additional lenses and flashes and things like that. But this course was obviously not targeted at this. So overall still a nice brush up.


Great class. Well organized and clearly presented. Would be very good for beginners and mid level users. highly recommend.

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