GETTING THE RIGHT PERSPECTIVE
To help your understanding of how viewpoint, perspective and lens choice affects your images, here we have taken a series of shots using different viewpoints and lenses to show how dramatically they can alter the results.
The first image is taken from very close to the ruined building, using a 20mm lens on a full-frame camera. The next two images are shot from viewpoints that become increasingly distant from the building as we use longer focal lengths. You can see how the relationship between the building and the background changes each time.
The final two images are shot from the same position, but with different lenses. Despite this, if you look closely at the building in the wide shot, the perspective effect is exactly the same.
To really get to grips with the creative possibilities of these effects, it’s worth taking some time to shoot a subject yourself at different distances and with different lenses.