Portrait Lens Selection
When selecting a lens for a portrait, you may want to try and keep the subject as realistic as possible, or perhaps expand or flatten their features.
When doing a portrait with a lower mm lens, one must get closer to the subject to fill the frame, well this will have a distortion effect on the person, making their nose look bigger, and pushing their ears back. And a longer lens has the opposite effect, and can flatten the subjects features.
This is very similar to lens compression, which I did an on Lens Compression Comparison
Here is an example chart using the range from 12mm to 400mm
In the example picture above, the model, Lola Reyes is about the same size, (I did my best to frame her) as shot with different lens settings.
The key areas to notice in this shot are:
- Hair Line
- Width of the face
Hope this helps.
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