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Old 10-09-2019   #15
Larry H-L
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The somewhat compressed look of “good” portraits has to do with the distance from camera to subject, not the focal length of the lens.

To fill the frame, a short lens must be very close to the subject, and that makes the subject's ears proportionately much further away than the nose. Results in a weird portrait.

With a longer lens, to fit the face in the frame, the distance to the subject must be considerably greater, and proportionately the ears and nose are about the same distance from the camera, and that yields a “better” portrait.
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