Most cameras now come with a zoom lens. This gives the photographer the ability to smoothly change the focal length. But this doesn’t just change the framing, it alters the perception.
Wide-angle lenses typically magnify the foreground and shrink the background. This increases the apparent depth of an image. They also distort images and can make them seem unnatural or even comical.
Most people use the wide-angle side of their zoom lens most of the time. Then they wonder why others become camera-shy! Here’s the same beautiful girl photographed at the other end of the zoom lens…
Quite a difference! The lesson is that if you’re doing portrait photography, zoom in and step back. You’ll get a better perspective.