Photography / Videography - How Different Focal Lengths work

Q: We know that the focal length of a lens is one factor that controls Depth of Field. But what else does is effected? A: Depending on the focal length, when taking head shots, the background can look compressed or closer to the body. Faces can also look fatter or slimmer than real life. This exercise/project involves having students break into groups and then create an animated .gif of a face filling the same camera frame, but with different focal lengths. Consider the following links for examples and other information. Depending on the mood you wish to portray ... which focal length would YOU use! Materials: Camera and a variety of lenses unless you are using a zoom lens.

Dan Ross
Last Updated April 27, 2021

Student Time

3-5 hours estimated class time

Education Level

3rd - 5th Grade 9th - 12th Grade View more
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