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6 Videos (23m)
    • Introduction

    • Your Project

    • The Crop Factor

    • Portrait Comparison

    • Things to Keep in Mind

    • Wrap Up


About This Class

Choosing a Focal Length: A Beginner's Guide

This class was made to help you purchase and use the right lenses for your own personal photography. What decisions go into choosing the right focal length for your image? How does compression and distortion work and on what is it most apparent? What lenses are a must-have in your bag that will help you tell your own story correctly?

These are the questions that you will start to answer in this class. It will focus on doing comparisons between different focal lengths with the same subject, give tips for purchasing lenses and a starter guide for specific genres of photography. Learning about lenses and their relative focal lengths will bring a whole new perspective to your photographic style. You will begin to be able to breakdown your favourite images and think about why your favourite photographer's used that lens versus the other.  

Be creative, daring and take great photos, with a whole new understanding of how and why.

For more of my work, you can check out my Instagram or website.

23 of 24 students recommendSee All

Nice quick video showing the different portrait focal lengths, my only issue is that the photographer was using a full frame camera and many students will only be able to afford a crop sensor whilst she did reference the difference it would have been nice to have seen a couple of examples with a crop camera. Overall the course was a good length and useful
Very nice course. Really informative as it gave me just what I needed to get started with lens. I recently understood aperture-shutter speed-iso triangle and I was wondering what role lens are playing. I found this course and I really learnt a lot. Also I like the tutor teaching style. Thnx
Very informative class, very clearly delivered with clear indication on what affects can and will be achieved. I have many of these lenses both primes and zooms but never really used them to all potential, i am now eager to get out in beautiful London and see what i can do.





Indeana Underhill

Lifestyle & Travel Photographer

A love of film is a given when beginning to look at a career in the industry. It was a given when I was named after Indiana Jones as well but that's a whole other story. The desire to work in the industry hit me like a truck watching Malick's Tree of Life

I entered the camera department because I couldn't do it. When I entered it, I didn't know where to begin. I had no knowledge of how to work a camera or the principles behind it. However, I knew I wanted to learn how to create the images we see on screen and fall in love with. However, it was important not just to have a vision but be able to execute it. Using the technical, practical, and creative application of camera, lighting and collaboration to realize a vision.

My passion and enthusiasm for the camera department has led me to travel over the past three years trying to learn all I can about the camera department and its industry. I have been working with a variety of film companies (shoutout to my Vantage family) being trained in optics, camera and their respective accessories. Learning lighting and becoming a voyeur on some fantastic mentor's sets (sending love to David Miller and Alexander Gruszynski) and finally, freelance assisting, operating and DPing on short films and a few documentary projects overseas. 

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Follow my blog for my most up to date travels and if you are nearby, let's get together and shoot!