Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/01/01

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Subject: [Leica] Re: glamour/nude photography
From: Jim Brick <>
Date: Fri, 01 Jan 1999 12:16:12 -0800

"One of the characteristics of a wide angle lens is rendering the
foreground particularly large and with great emphasis, and of the
background very small and moved into the far distance." Quote from Leica
publication 920-083. Photograph a model with a wide angle lens, feet & legs
toward you, and you will get huge feet and diminished body size. Basically
freaky looking.


At 02:17 PM 1/1/99 -0500, you wrote:
><< I was taught a long time ago that 'Wide angle lenses are not very
> because of the apparent fore-shortening of the face >>
>Note that distortion of this type is a function of distance, not lens focal
>length.  It is a common misconception that short focal length lenses produce
>such distortion.  This is not true.  It is the short distance between the
>plane and the subject that results in this look.
>Tom Shea