How much should you ZOOM for a photo… | Stills in Motion Ep.5

Are you unsure of how much to zoom in for the perfect photo? Finding the right balance can be tricky, especially when it comes to capturing a still image within a moving environment. In this episode of Stills in Motion, we will explore the art of zooming for photography and offer practical solutions to help you achieve the best results. Whether you’re a photography novice or a seasoned pro, mastering the art of zoom can make a significant difference in the quality of your photos. Join us as we delve into the world of zooming and discover the secrets to creating stunning still images in motion.

How much should you ZOOM for a photo… | Stills in Motion Ep.5

Hello everybody first of all let me apologize for these jeans that can barely walk in I’ve run out of walking trousers they’re all in the wash I’ve had to wear these jeans and they’ve shrunk in the wash so I’m well aware they look like they’re painted on I do Apologize anyway today what I want to talk about is focal lengths and how I choose my focal lengths it’s very simple so this shouldn’t take long at all basically if you watched my video from a couple of weeks ago where I was talking about jigsaw pieces in photos I didn’t Really talk about focal length and how that plays its part in this process if you don’t know what I’m talking about with a jigsaw thing go to this video here it is on that side isn’t it was it on this side go up here and hopefully that will all become clearer but Choosing a focal length is like anything in photography there’s no right or wrong way it’s completely an artistic preference this is just how I do it essentially when I’ve got my pieces of a jigsaw so in this case I’ve got a a nice path here that’s got foot holes all the Way down the hill has then a tree a tiny little hill a really cool-looking hill that looks like a dragon’s back and then a nice band of cloud in the distance those are my jigsaw pieces and what I want to include all those essentially in terms of focal length what I’m looking For is the longest possible focal length I can get away with while including all those things and what that does is two things it gets rid of anything else that I don’t need and it makes sure that I’ve got lots of detail in the things that Are left remaining in the frames so I don’t know if you can hear because I’ve got the lav mic on but it’s some properly windy right then I’m going to stand here very much in the way of this shot but hopefully I’ll be able to show You what I mean in in photos so I’ve got the wide angle on I’ll start at 8 millimeters which I suspect for this particular shot will be far too wide so this is 8 millimeters and granted it’s 16 by 9 so it’s not exactly as I’m shooting it I think there’s too much Path here so instead of including all that I’m going to zoom in to about there now when I’m at this point I still have enough sky I would suggest a that’s plenty of sky to get a sense of what’s going on in this guy and also at This focal length which is 14 mil there’s a little bit more compression so the hill doesn’t look as far away this Hill doesn’t look as far away the tree doesn’t look as far away and I still think I have enough of this path to get A sense of like I said why the path is in the frame I reckon I can probably go further than that maybe something like this which is about 16 mil and I think that might be the shot I said I think it might be the shot I’ll take it and then We’ll see what that looks like yeah so that’s how I choose focal length but that photo that I just took then wasn’t no 16 millimetres it was actually a 15 millimetres because as you might remember from the last video I said that I always zoom out by a millimeter or two When I’ve got my ideal shot because then I have some more room for cropping if I need to that’s pretty crucial so basically I choose my focal length by going the longest I possibly can while including all the elements all include and then I just zoom out a bit by Millimeter or two and that pretty much always dictate my focal length You’ve got here how windy it is then it’s testament to this microphone I’d suggest because but to be honest I’m a bit worried about this tree anyway this is my new book my 2019 annual book of photos that I took in 2019 this one isn’t called 2019 unlike 2018 which was Called 2018 this one’s called vol 2 I thought it’s better to call them volumes which isn’t great for the consistency of the first two but from here on out that we could volume two and three and four and five and you get the idea also there’ll be this shape this one is 230 millimeters by 170 millimeters whereas the last one was two hundred and ten millimeters square also not great for consistency but from here on out there look like this but this is draft one I’ve got a few changes to make to it but it’s now available for pre-order on My website and they’ll be shipping in early May I suspect probably before that actually given that all other things in my life have been cancelled much like yours I suppose but my hope is that this will act as a partial alleviate er of boredom while we’re all stuck in Quarantine for the next few months that’s the plan certainly wasn’t its original intention but hopefully it’ll do a good job of it ensure this is I reckon the best thing I’ve ever made I’m so proud of it I’m proud of the pictures that are in it I’m proud of the stories That the pictures tell and I’m just proud of it as a book I mean I can’t believe I made it to be honest I mean I didn’t do the glue in and the printing and stuff you know I mean Mike made it I did the design in it but one of the Reasons that it’s not square anymore is so that I can include full-page images and and there’s just little overlays and stories and stuff and yeah I put little Maps in for where in the world I took particular pictures I really love it I hope you like it you can pick it up on My website also actually I’ve made an effort to ensure that its carbon neutral what does made an effort mean that sounds like a feeble attempt at carbon neutrality well it’s actually quite difficult you might imagine to work out exact Klee how to make a book carbon-neutral It depends where the book has come from where the papers come from how the books been made where it’s been made how it’s been shipped to me how it’s been shipped to you how much carbon I use to get all the pictures that feature in the book It’s really difficult to work out I’ve made a calculation and based on that calculation I’m going to give a donation to the Woodland Trust here in the UK to look after a bit of woodland that’s big enough to take care of what I think is the cost of carbon that this book and Distributing this book to you has made I hope that makes sense I don’t know if that means I can call this book carbon neutral or not because I don’t know how accurate my calculations are but the intention is to make the book carbon neutral hopefully I’ve done it so yeah I Hope you like it thank you so much for your support it means the world Look what Birds done grim Hey I I spent far too much time reading the news yesterday and it got me a bit down so I asked people on Instagram if if they had any jokes and I got some back doctor help I’m addicted to posting on Instagram the doctor says I’m sorry I…

Frequently Asked Questions: How much should you ZOOM for a photo… | Stills in Motion Ep.5

How much should I zoom when taking a photo?

It really depends on the effect you want to achieve with your photo. If you want to capture a wide landscape, it’s best to use little to no zoom. However, if you want to focus on a specific subject or create a sense of depth, you may need to use more zoom. Experiment with different zoom levels to see what works best for your specific shot.

Will using too much zoom affect the quality of my photo?

Using too much zoom can result in a loss of image quality, known as pixelation. It’s important to find the right balance between zoom and image quality for the best results. As a general rule, try to get as close to your subject as possible without relying too heavily on digital zoom, which can degrade your photo’s quality.

What’s the best way to learn how to use zoom effectively in photography?

Practice makes perfect! Experiment with different zoom levels in various settings to see how it affects your photos. Additionally, take the time to learn about the technical aspects of zoom lenses and how they impact your images. You can also seek out photography tutorials and online resources to further enhance your understanding of using zoom effectively in photography.

I hope you find useful my article How much should you ZOOM for a photo… | Stills in Motion Ep.5, I also recommend you to read my other posts in my blog at this link.

If you need help with anything join the community or do not hesitate to contact me.

Best of luck! and follow your passion.

Please consider joining my newsletter or following me on social media if you like my content.

Apple AirPods 2.0 – THE WORST headphones I LOVE… Again

Are you tired of constantly dealing with tangled cords on your headphones? Do you crave...Read More

Nikon Z6 III Sets a New Standard! Bye Bye Canon & Sony?

Are you in the market for a new camera and feeling overwhelmed by all the...Read More

ALL My Lenses! Sigma, Canon, Samyang, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, Tilt Shift and MORE!

Welcome to our blog dedicated to exploring the world of lenses! Whether you’re a photography...Read More

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG DN Art Lens for Sony e-mount – Review #sigma85dgdn #sigma #sony #emount

Are you in the market for a high-quality portrait lens for your Sony e-mount camera?...Read More

BREAKING NEWS: Canon R1 Front & Back Photos Unveiled!

Are you anxiously awaiting the release of the highly anticipated Canon R1 camera? Well, we...Read More

Portkeys HS8 vs BM7 II DS Filmmaking monitors

Are you looking to take your filmmaking and editing game to the next level? Choosing...Read More

RAWtalk 073: Thank You Sony, Jared’s MAJOR “BTS” Realization…

Have you ever wondered how professional photographers capture stunning behind-the-scenes shots of their work? In...Read More

EXCLUSIVE: First leaked image of the new Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG DN II E and L mount lens!

Are you in the market for a new camera lens that will take your photography...Read More

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *