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Assignment 11Compressing Perspective

“I don’t think there’s any such thing as teaching people photography, other than influencing them a little. People have to be their own learners.”

—Imogen Cunningham

Purpose: To Demonstrate How Increasing Focal Length Compresses the Scale between Foreground and Background Objects.

Part 1—Using a Foot Zoom

Foot zooming is when you walk closer or further from the subject without changing focal lengths. Doing so causes a change in both vantage point and point of view. This is the way photos and movies were made before zoom lenses came of age.

When you use a foot zoom, foreground and background elements maintain the same relative size and spatial relationship to one another.

  • Use a normal lens for all three photos. ...

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