Use Long Lenses to “Pull” elements of the Image Together

ARUSHA, Tanzania, 2 August 2014 — A Masai goat herder tends to his animals on a highway just outside of Arusha, on the way to Tanzania’s National Park.

Had I not made this image from a moving vehicle, I would have stepped back and used a longer focal length on the camera lens, to “pull” the goats closer to the viewer. We know that longer focal length lenses compress images, and wide angle lenses separate them.

These are the kinds of things I teach in my Video Workshops, the next of which will be conducted in Washington, DC, on 2-5 October this year. To learn more about my workshops, see

(Photo by Bill Gentile)