Many 3D artists never bother changing the default focal length of their camera. However, choosing the right “lens” makes a huge difference when setting up the composition and feeling of your scene. There is a rich language of film and photography that you can use to make your renders look and feel the way you want them to.
Learning even a bit about traditional photography or composition can do wonders for your final renders. Below are a few rules to get you started in the right direction when picking the right focal length for your scene.
Wide Angle Lenses (15-35mm) Make Things Look…
Telephoto Lenses 85-300mm) Make Things Look…
- Far Away
You should combine these rules with the angle of the camera. As a general rule, if you want the hero of your scene to appear large, try looking UP at it. The opposite is the same. Looking down on objects make them look small and cute. Or, lonely and sad.
Image by Alireza Mirhadi
In this video, I will go over a few ways to decide what focal length to use in your renders.