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9 Videos (36m)
    • Introduction

    • Your Project

    • The Crop Factor

    • Portrait Comparison

    • Macro

    • Special Effect Lens: Lensbaby Spark

    • Vintage Lens: Helios 442

    • 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!

For more of my photography classes ranging from beginner principles to intermediate development: 


Automatic to Manual Mode: The 3 Things You Need to Know

Amateur to Freelance: How to Develop a Portfolio

The Travelling Photographer: Choosing the Right Gear for Your Journey


Lenses 101: Shooting with Primes

Lenses 101: Creativity with Vintage Lenses & DIY Filters


Lens Filters: Pushing Your Still Images

Advanced Lens Choice: Editing In-Camera

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

35 of 37 students recommendSee All

Great class... helped me understand more about lenses quickly and easily. Thank you.
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
Ioannis Giftakis

Always find a way





Indeana Underhill

Lifestyle & Travel Photographer

Indeana is originally a Canadian photographer that now finds herself constantly on the move. 28 countries & counting- she is always trying to capture the identity of each country. Her classes aim to explore the principles of photography and what comes next.



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