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Most beginners and amateurs don’t get close enough to their human subjects. Or pets. They tend to leave too much room and include many things that should have been left out.
Conversely, some wannabes and professionals, shoot from too far away, physically. Meaning, they have long telephoto lenses and prefer to shoot from a distance. Not my style.
No matter how brief or inconsequential, I want a photographic relationship with my human subjects. That’s not possible from 30-feet away.
Ah, but you can’t always get where you want to be for many reasons, so you adjust, and usually switch lenses.
I was shooting a Sweet 16 party, (Don’t tell anyone. It was for the daughter of a longtime friend.), and it was mostly group photos, dancing teenagers, and the money shot: cutting the cake.
Brianna was one of the adult guests and after photographing her in a group, I asked to shoot a head shot. I wanted to eliminate other people and a cluttered background, so I switched to an 80-200mm lens.
I had Bri turn her head and look at me and I shot from about six-feet away. My camera was set on P (Program), ISO 400, with the built-in flash popped up.
The photo isn’t too tight or too loose. It’s just right. (Modesty is overrated.)