35mm equivalent not good for portrait ?

Started Mar 5, 2014 | Discussions thread
esmall Contributing Member • Posts: 653
Re: it's great if you lik context

Brad Evans wrote:

Bouddha wrote:

Thanks, nice shots.

a few of yours are portraits head and shoulders, so should I assume a 35mm is still ok for that ?

You do need to exert a little caution. A subject's hands held out in front when shooting that close with a 35mm lens can appear unusually large. Also, shooting closer, depending on face orientation can result in largish noses.

If all you are going to be making are head and shoulders shots, a 50 or 85mm would probably be better. But... If environmental context is important to your portraiture (important to me- helping release narrative in a viewer's mind), then a 35 is a good choice. A 50mm would work fine, too. You just need to be further away. For my kind of street portraiture, many times that would put me off the sidewalk and into the street - not a place I want to be considering traffic! A 35mm lens is also a good choice for candid street shooting.

One more thought... For me, good portraiture comes from the relationship you establish with your subject; i.e. conversation, humor, trust flowing in both directions. Shooting closer rather than farther away helps establish that.

Urban photoblog: http://www.citysnaps.net

Brad your street portraits are amazing.  I'm working up the courage to attempt this style of photography my self.  Do you have any other tips to share for a newbie to street photography.  By the way, I'm in San Jose and I'm hoping to make may way to San Francisco to try my hand at some street shooting so if you have any suggestions on places to visit in the city that would be great!


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