Focal Lengths and Angles

The focal length of a lens and the angle from which you shoot can dramatically affect the look and feel of an image. Wider focal lengths, for example, tend to exaggerate a subject’s features while tighter focal lengths have a flattening effect on the subject. Specific angles are often used depending on the subject. For instance, top-down angles that soften the subject are regularly used for brides while bottom-up angles that strengthen the subject are often used while photographing grooms. Focal lengths and angles can be balanced to taste, of course, depending on the look you wish to create.