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Photographic Rendering with V-Ray for SketchUp

By : Brian Bradley
Book Image

Photographic Rendering with V-Ray for SketchUp

By: Brian Bradley

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Photographic Rendering with V-Ray for SketchUp
About the Author
About the Reviewers

How focal length affects composition

The final important piece of information that we need to put into place here is again both technical and creative and can potentially affect our final composition in quite a drastic manner. This would be the choice of the focal or lens' length that we decide to use for the rendering camera(s).


Focal length can also be described in terms of a camera's Field Of View (FOV). This setting describes the area of an environment that can be seen by our camera and is expressed as an angle, measured of course using degrees.

The following simplified diagram gives us an idea of what happens whenever we extend the focal length on a real world camera lens:

Using a focal length of around 50 mm, the lens stays reasonably close to the body of the camera and so produces a fairly broad FOV. As we dial in longer focal lengths however, jumping all the way up to 2000 mm here, we physically move the lens away from the body of the camera, creating a much narrower FOV that will...