Picking the right focal length when photographing a landscape or a person is extremely important. Watch the video above for some examples and suggestions or just remember – if you are photographing a person you usually want to be about 80-85mm(crop sensor camera users, that is closer to 50mm on your cameras)- that will create the most flattering look of a persons features.

Outside Focal Length and your Background
Outside Focal Length and your Background – Animated Gif
People or Portrait photos and the Focal Length you choose matters!
People or Portrait photos and the Focal Length you choose matters!

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 Menzie's Penstemon or as the nerds say - Penstemon davidsonii ;) Found these little purple flowers on the way down from Paradise in Mt Rainier National Park and thought they made a nice foreground to the beautiful and still snowcapped peak in the distance. Captured with the GH5 and 12-35 f/2.8 Lens #lumixloungegh3
 Rainy Day Reflections of Seattle's coolest public library - I almost said coolest building but the new Amazon spheres are crazy cool. I like living in the future - now if we could just ecotopia this place up all would be peachy!
 Upper Sunbeam Falls - Powered by melting snow(seen at the top of the frame) - Captured with GH5 and 12-35 f/2.8 lens 0.4 second exposure.


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  1. If you look only at the heads the differences are quite negligible.
    But if you look at the hole pictures then appears some striking differences due to the focal length.
    The relative proportions are changing, nothing unexpected, but very, very instructive, because you have a human subject in context.
    To me for outdoor pictures 35mm seems to be appropriate, for indoor 50mm seems to be appropriate.

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