Sunday, June 6, 2010

Best Focal Lengths For Portrait Lenses — Photograph Works

What lens should I use for taking a portrait photograph of someone’s face? You will see this question asked time and time again by aspiring photographers. The reason it is asked is that they often don’t have long enough lenses and are disappointed when they use short focal length lenses. Or they can’t believe it is a good idea to step back and use a long focal length lens.

I took this photograph of a young Asian woman with a 105mm lens on a DX camera. That is equivalent to a lens with a focal length of 157.5mm in full frame. That is not a short focal length lens.

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