When taking a simple portrait, what type of lens will you want to use? Telephoto lenses are great, because you have more control over the depth of field and can be more flattering to your subject. In this movie, author Levi Sim discusses why you may want to consider using a telephoto lens when you shoot a simple portrait.
- If you're going to be photographing people,…I recommend using a long lens, a telephoto lens.…That's something that's at least 50 millimeters long.…And the reason for this is twofold really.…It allows us to get a shallower depth of field,…make the background out of focus,…and it's also more flattering on our subjects.…When I use wider angle lens, something 50 millimeters…or wider, I am increasing the effect…of foreshortening.…That means that things that are closer to the camera…appear larger, and things that are farther…from the camera appear smaller, that's foreshortening.…
When I use that wide lens and I want to do a closeup…picture of somebody, that means that their nose…is significantly closer to the camera then their ear,…for instance, and it makes the nose look very large.…It makes foreheads look very bulbous and round.…It makes cheeks look more full and fleshy…than they actually look in real life.…So I want to use a longer lens which allows me…to stand back from a person a little bit…and also offers a more flattering view of their face.…
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