Choosing The Right Perspective And Field Of View

Photographer Steve Perry (from backcountrygallery) recently published one of the most informative videos on perspective that we have seen in a long long time.

Perspective in photography is something that a lot of photographers might be aware of on one level or another but not everybody really think about it enough. What  Perry demonstrates in this video and the reason it is so important in our opinion is that it demonstrates very clearly how perspective (and field of view) really works, and how different lenses affect them.

Understanding field of view and perspective and how they influence your image (especially in landscape photography) can have a huge impact on the way you shoot and being able to get the image that you want as well as picking the right tools (i.e. lenses) for your shoot.

We had to watch this video twice to really let everything sink in – if you are new to this topic watch the demonstrations a few times and go outside and test it for yourself – it could be one of the most valuable lessons you see online in a long time.

We have covered other aspects of perspective on both Photoshop and Lightroom here on LensVid including: Using Perspective and Vanishing Point To Create Composites In Photoshop by Jesús Ramirez,  Editing & Manipulating Images in Perspective Using Vanishing Point in Photoshop by Bryan O’Neil Hughes, Travel Photography: Correcting Perspective in Lightroom and How to Duplicate Anything in Perspective using Photoshop by Aaron Nace.

You can check out many more helpful photography tips on our Photography tips section here on LensVid.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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