Best Lense For Portrait Photography

Dan Eitreim

August 20, 2015

Let’s say you just got your very first DSLR and it’s a Canon Rebel. You are now a pro, or at least a semi-pro. That’s what everyone around you will be thinking.

So what about portraits? What are the requirements for a Canon Rebel portrait lens?

Every photographer is a portrait photographer at some point. Your family will assume that you are a great portrait shooter. More importantly for them you will do the job cheap.

It’s just a fact. When people see that monster camera, they just take it for granted that you are a pro and you can take any kind of picture with excellence.

Don’t tell them you are just getting started. Keep that awesome camera in front of your face and let them think you are great at your chosen hobby.

Here are a the two main things to keep in mind for getting a decent head shot.

First, you will want to be anywhere from 6 to 20 feet away from your subject. Any closer than 6 feet and you will be seeing some distortion in the body features.

Second, you should choose as wide an aperture as possible, like f/2.8 or f/4. A wide aperture will result in a narrow depth of field, meaning that the plane of focus is limited to a couple of inches in front of and behind the main focus area (the face in the case of a head shot). The object of a narrow depth of field is a blurry background.

Selecting a lens to accomplish this may simply mean looking in your camera bag or on your camera, because you may already have a good lens.

Your Canon Rebel has a sensor that multiplies the focal length of the lens by a factor of 1.6. So, if you have a Canon Portrait lens of 100mm, you are actually taking a picture with an effective focal length of 160mm (that’s 100 x 1.6).

A head shot usually involves a photo area roughly 3 to 4 feet in height. Taking a picture with a 100mm lens would put you about 15 feet from your subject… perfect.

The very least focal length you could use to get that same shot would be a 50mm lens with you positioned about 6 feet from your subject. A Canon EF-S 60mm macro lens will do the job, too, and it is made specifically for a Rebel.

The perfect Canon Rebel portrait lens could also be a longer focal length. In particular, a 70-200mm zoom lens works really well because of how totally awesome the images are. It is actually what many consider the Canon “Flagship” lens. If you own one of the 70-200mm lenses (and there are five of them now), you are set.

However, many photographers think that a prime lens takes the best portraits (a prime lens has a single focal length rather than a zoom). There is no argument that a fantastic head shot can be taken with a 100mm prime or a 135mm prime lens. These are excellent lenses. But they are also more expensive than some others.

Assuming budget will play some part in your decision, keep in mind that the focal length can be anywhere from 50mm and up. It is really your position (distance from your subject), the perspective of the shot, and the quality of the lens that make the shot.

If you will be taking lots of portraits, then a quality lens with the right focal length and aperture will be a good investment. However, if you are not planning on making head shots your main type of photography, you may want to get a lens that will suit your needs for whatever kind of images you plan to major in and let it double as a Canon Rebel Portrait lens.

For more about finding the right Canon Rebel Portrait lens, visit us at www.canoneoslenses.org/canon-portrait-lenses/.

Article Source: EzineArticles.com

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