Portrait photography is all about the subject. Whether it be their body, eyes, face, the best portrait lenses give you control over your depth of field. Having a shallow depth of field is the key to separating your subject from the background and distractions. Without further ado here are our recommended focal lengths for portraits.
Known as the everyday lens the 24-70mm has a versatile focal length that is great for landscapes and portraits. Shooting at 24mm-35mm will allow you to crate some awesome wide angle portraits. Great for those aspirational shots with wide landscapes such as the one below.
In addition you’ll be able to get some tighter portraits around 50mm-70mm. We advise going for an aperture of F2.8 to maximise the depth of field performance.
Compression is an interesting effect that telephoto lenses give you. The 70-200mm is more than just a long range lens, but brings the background closer to the camera. In addition it also blurs the background more due to compression when shooting with a subject. It really pops the subject out a lot more and gives a 3D effect. Shooting between 70-150mm gives you a lot of range to work with some really tight portraits.
The street photographers go to focal length. 35mm gives you enough width for a fairly wide portrait. The 35mm is great for environmental portraits too. Furthermore 35mm lenses have a good minimum focal length allowing you to get closer to your subject for more background blur.
The 50mm replicates your eyes field of view. Therefore giving you a nice narrow frame. Great for half body portraits and where you want to show a bit of the background but not too much. Pair that with a wide open aperture for a decent amount of seperation.
One of the most versatile focal lengths for portraiture. The 85mm will allow you to shoot a filled frame with a bit of compression and nice bokeh. For most wedding photographers, portrait lovers, the 85mm is a must have for its iconic look and performance.
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