Just Switched to the RX1 from the M9

Started Jun 8, 2013 | Discussions thread
Chris Crevasse
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In reply to Robgo2, Jun 11, 2013

The disadvantage to wider angle lenses in portraiture is that in order to fill the frame with the face, one has to get close to the subject, which tends to distort facial features.  It is a matter of perspective, not DOF.  For this reason, when using my RX1, I try to establish some distance between the subject and me or have the subject turn her face obliquely, so that the nose and mouth will not appear abnormally large.  Also, there are times such distortion can be used as an aesthetic element in a portrait, but it takes skill to do it well.

Rob

An interesting feature of the lens on the RX1 is that its barrel distortion counteracts much of the distortion you would otherwise see at the edges of the frame.  For that reason, I often do not correct my raw files for distortion.

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