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Telephoto Lense

March 29, 2010

{Set designer and actor Ian Bell :  shot with a 5D MkII with a 24-105mm at 105mm.}

Last week, we looked at how a wide angle exaggerates the perspective of the near and far to make things in the background look further away and foreground subjects look bigger and closer.  This week, we look at telephoto lenses that act the opposite.  It compresses the perspective of the near and far and make the background closer to the subject.  Telephoto lenses also exhibit more background blur effect (aka bokeh) than wide angle lenses.  For these reasons, telephotos lenses make great portraits since the compressions makes the background closer to the subject as if they were standing in front of a backdrop.  The blur also helps in combating distracting items in the background.

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