Best Portrait Combo?

Started Aug 7, 2014 | Discussions thread
Chris Malcolm Senior Member • Posts: 1,918
Re: Best Portrait Combo?

MediaArchivist wrote:

Chris Malcolm wrote:

A smaller lens is less intimidating & easier to hand hold and move around quickly with.

This is true, but there are many portrait situations where the exact opposite is desired: a big intimidating lens. Your subject may feel more comfortable if the photographer and camera are closer to their expectations of a "portrait session". If their impression (regardless of its truth) is that "pros have big lenses" or "wear a beret" or whatever, they may have doubts about the session.

Agreed. But you don't necessarily need to use the big lens to impress. Take it along, make a thing of choosing the right lens for the light quality or whatever, leave the big impressive lens on the table, check the client's skin with an unnecessary but impressive light meter, then go ahead with the little lens you prefer.

It's nice to have a variety of lenses!

BTW-- I have found focus peaking makes MF really easy, even with a razor thin DoF. Don't dismiss the STF for event shooting (but also don't depend on it the first few times you try it).

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