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PSYCHOLOGY OF LENSES

Let's talk about the lenses so when you go out there to buy a lens no matter who makes that lens it says aperture and focal-length nowhere on that lens box it says wedding lens, portrait lens, landscape lens. it's the people who have given this classification. So if I’m using 85mm why not use it for street photography. And I'm really not here to bore you with the types of lenses and their angle or aperture, But how do they create a psychological impact on a shot. Because if you know your gear and if you know what you're shooting. You should be comfortable to create an amazing result no matter what gear you are using.

so we are talking about choices of lens


let's start with wide-angle lenses -


I’m not going to bore you with the angle and measurement any lenses have but let's talk about what impact you can create out of them. if we use a wide-angle lens we get a wider perspective and an amazing perception of depth. it generates a sense of isolation as well wide-angle and I'm gathering more information from the environment but since my subject looks small. It generates a sense of isolation as-well, So wider my lens angle..wider the impact of sense of isolation.


But what if we use the same wide-angle lens and get closer to the subject. And just if you’re shooting a portrait with a wide-angle lens you’re basically shooting a subject in their environment and you being a part of it. Here I’m as a photographer or a viewer I'm part of this journey. If you see the image it's shot on wide-angle and closer to the subject. And just by doing that you create a unique connection and we become a part of the subject's world.


The image is shot on wide-angle and Im gathering more information from the environment basically shooting a subject in their environment and you being a part of it. Here as a photographer or a viewer, I'm part of this journey.



We will come down to 35 - 50mm or prime lenses.


Because of its coverage area, the photographs taken from standard lenses have a feeling of the human eye. The coverage area of these lenses is closer to that of human foveal vision. The result of which it removes the barrier that the viewer is not viewing through a lens but is actually present in the environment where the scene is been shot in front of the character or subject. Nothing is getting over-exaggerated here what we see as a human eye is what been captured. It creates a scene of honesty and reality and the viewer gets some space to chooses whether to connect or not. Unlike a wide-angle where you're forced to.

Taking the distance further away from the subject with Tele-photo Lens


now we move to telephoto lenses we all know telephoto lenses are used to capture and they isolate subject in a very different way. If you see it from the cultural context we use these lenses to capture subjects we can’t get close to. Like wildlife photography, celebs, sportsperson, and capturing something which is rare also formal portraits are captured with longer focal length commonly used during wedding these days to isolate your subject even if they are in-crowd. So when we use Telephoto lens we show that we are not there with the subject and we are not a part of their world but we are looking at someone else’s world.

That is how we understand the common telephoto field of view but when we apply these rules to capture something else like capturing someone on street we add a sense of formality that we respect that the stranger is not one of us but someone to start a conversation. we using a long lens to isolate someone, create attention, and show that this someone is important. These lenses are extremely common for Wedding photography to capture candid moments because we are trying to capture the subject in their most natural and vulnerable state.

it won't look like, what it is supposed to look like.th to communicate your message to the viewer. Because changing focal length might change the whole meaning of your shot.

and as we come to the end of this blog allow

let me give you an eye-opener


your photograph won't say what you wanted It to say.

nor it will look like, what it is supposed to look like.

until and unless you can imagine it.

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