If you’ve ever tried to shoot good-looking portraits with your camera and a basic kit lens , you might have been disappointed that the results didn’t match the images you see on social media or in magazines. Part of this is down to the lenses most often used to shoot professional portraits. Let’s look at what makes them special, and whether you need one to get great portraits. What Is a Portrait Lens? Portrait lenses (or rather, lenses-that-are-often-used-for-portraits-but-can-be-used-for-lots-of-other-stuff-too) have two key features: They have a normal or short telephoto focal length. They have a wide maximum aperture . This means that most portrait lenses designed for full-frame cameras have a focal length of between about 50mm and 105mm, with a maximum aperture of somewhere between f/1.2 and f/2.8, or so. ( The equivalent focal range for crop-sensor cameras is between around 35mm and 70mm , so there’s a lot of overlap.). Some typical portrait lenses … [Read more...] about Do You Need a Special Lens to Take Portrait Photos?
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