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Lens Selection for Portrait Photography Tips

There isn’t any solid rule for lens selection in portrait photography, but as rule of thumb many pro photographers prefer a telephoto lens for portraiture photography.

There are some photographers who use standard lens, or even wide angle lenses for portraits with great success. In this article I am going to discuss different lens options.

Lens Selection

Lens sharpness is the most important factor. Usually the Kit Lens (the lens that comes as a package deal with entry level cameras) is not your best option. Photographers prefer to use a sharp lens with wider aperture opening to control the softness of the background. Usually a 50mm lens with f1.8 or f1.4 aperture is a good starting point. These lenses are relatively not very expensive. They provide very sharp images as well as wide open aperture to blur the background (Bokeh effect). [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”20454″ img_size=”600×400″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” onclick=”link_image” css_animation=”slideInRight” title=”Bokeh Effect in Portrait Photography”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Lens Focal Length” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:35|text_align:left|color:%23aa3300|line_height:1″ google_fonts=”font_family:Londrina%20Shadow%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal” css_animation=”fadeIn”][vc_column_text]I have covered the Lens Focal Length in this article. Check it out for more information in Lens Focal Length.

As I mentioned above many pro photographers prefer a telephoto lens for portrait. The main reason is the compressed perspective of a telephoto lens makes the face more beautiful. Here are examples of portraitures using telephoto:[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”20455″ img_size=”600×400″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” onclick=”link_image” css_animation=”slideInRight” title=”Portrait Using Telephoto”][vc_single_image image=”20456″ img_size=”600×400″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” onclick=”link_image” css_animation=”slideInRight”][vc_column_text]There are times that using a wide angle lens can tell a better story of subject’s personality, especially in photojournalism photography style. Here are more examples:[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”20457″ img_size=”600×400″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” onclick=”link_image” css_animation=”slideInRight” title=”Using Wide Angle for Portraitures”][vc_single_image image=”20458″ img_size=”600×400″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded” onclick=”link_image” css_animation=”slideInRight” title=”wide Angle lens in Photojournalism”][vc_column_text]

What is a good all-around lens for Portrait Photography?

I suggest using a 50mm lens for starting, as it creates the image very close to what human eyes can see perspective wise. This feature helps you to learn Portrait Photography quicker.  

Standard Lens (50mm) with a wide-open Aperture can capture amazing photos.

    

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