Lenses for photographing people...

Started Apr 8, 2013 | Discussions thread
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G1Houston
G1Houston Senior Member • Posts: 2,563
All lenses can be used to photograph people, but

The key factors to consider are to avoid distortion as you get closer to the person and to maintain proper working distance.  Basically, to generalize it,

If you want "environmental portrait," showing a person in his/her environment, you need a wider (35 mm and down) lens.

If you want head or head and shoulder shots, you need a longer lens (e.g., 85mm and up).

If you want to emphasize body parts, lips, toes, skin tone, etc, you need a macro lens.

If you need to blur the background (because you cannot eliminate clutters), you need a long and fast lens.

Of course you can also use a 300mm lens for environment portrait, provided that the very long work distance is not a problem.

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