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Grammar of the Shot, 2nd Edition by Christopher J. Bowen, Roy Thompson

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Beware of Wide Lenses When Shooting Close-Up Shots

You may use any lens you like so long as it suits the shot and can get the job done. You should be aware, however, of what a lens will do for your image in both a positive way and potentially a negative way. We all understand that wide lenses capture a large field of view and that they tend to have a larger depth of field. The curvature of the optics involved can also exaggerate the perspective, warping the final image from the center outward. The shorter the focal length, the more exaggerated the warped perspective. Extreme versions of this optical phenomenon are called “fish-eye” lenses.

If you set your lens to the shortest focal length and reduce the camera to subject distance in order to ...

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